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KoziBot
08-28-2009, 08:43 PM
So, anyone have tips for not getting your luggage stuck behind in security for having a prop weapon mistaken for a real gun?

I'm going to be traveling with a wood and foamie made (read: no moving parts) yet realistic looking prop weapon for the first time on United airlines. Other than having it at the top of my packed stuff with a big bright tag hanging off it that reads "PROP WEAPON NON FUNCTIONAL", should I let the TSA agent checking it in know that I have it? I also have a toy gun with little sound chip in it. I would hope they'd know the difference between a toy and a pipe bomb, but I don't know how strict airport security is these days.

Just trying to cover all my bases here. Thanks for any offered advice. I tried looking for a thread like this but couldn't find anything.

saiyamanmasenko
08-29-2009, 03:56 AM
So, anyone have tips for not getting your luggage stuck behind in security for having a prop weapon mistaken for a real gun?

I'm going to be traveling with a wood and foamie made (read: no moving parts) yet realistic looking prop weapon for the first time on United airlines. Other than having it at the top of my packed stuff with a big bright tag hanging off it that reads "PROP WEAPON NON FUNCTIONAL", should I let the TSA agent checking it in know that I have it? I also have a toy gun with little sound chip in it. I would hope they'd know the difference between a toy and a pipe bomb, but I don't know how strict airport security is these days.

Just trying to cover all my bases here. Thanks for any offered advice. I tried looking for a thread like this but couldn't find anything.

ALWAYS explain what you have before they go checking. It makes the check go smoother.

Tania_Mwpp
08-29-2009, 05:49 AM
try and get a copy of the laws regarding weapons from your area and the area you're traveling to. I'm not sure about the US, but over here in Australia we can get through customs pretty easily as long as the have red tape around the barrel of any prop guns. But yes as saiyamanmasenko said, explain the prop Before anyone goes into your bag, and don't start an argument if they want to test it to make sure it's not concealing anything, after all, it's just a prop and you have nothing to hide.

flyinvee11
09-08-2009, 10:52 PM
I just went through this last weekend. It's fine as long as it's in your checked (aka, NOT in your carry on) luggage and you tell the people checking your baggage. They'll pass the word on to the xray people, and you should have no trouble at all.

You can actually fly in the U.S. with REAL firearms, you just have to declare and check them, and they must be unloaded.