NORTH CHARLESTON - (WCSC) - Travelers can take firearms with them when they fly, but there is a right and wrong way to go about it.
The Transportation Security Administration showed travelers how to properly take guns along Friday morning at Charleston International Airport.
Examples of what to do and what not to do when traveling with a gun. Spring Break tips were also presented.
Last year, 3,952 guns were discovered at U.S. airport checkpoints, over 600 more than the number found in 2016,
- Always pack your expensive dive equipment and accessories in your carry-on luggage.
- Always pack any prescription masks with you in carry-on luggage. If you lose this item it could ruin your whole trip.
- Always pack your dive computers and regulators in carry-on luggage because these items are sensitive and do not need to be tossed around under the plane by baggage handlers.
- Carry any prescriptions with you in your carry-on bag so they will not be lost.
- Now that you have your carry-on bag packed, you can pay attention to packing your dive equipment that goes into the baggage area of the plane.
- Pack your dive jacket( B.C, Stab Jacket, Buoyancy Compensators) in your dive bag first and place them in the middle of the bag.
- Surround the jacket with your fins to protect it during the flight.
- Trekking and hiking poles can only be packed in checked luggage
- Insecticides are prohibited from carry-on and checked baggage
- TSA allows fishing poles, but if you’re taking them as a carry-on, you might want to give your airline a call and see if the pole exceeds their carry-on limits. Tackle is ok as a carry-on, but be sure that you don’t have any knives or large deep sea fishing hooks. Also, tools can’t be larger than seven inches.
- When traveling, comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international governments.
- If you are traveling internationally with a firearm in checked baggage, please check the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for information and requirements prior to travel.
- Declare each firearm each time you present it for transport as checked baggage. Ask your airline about limitations or fees that may apply.
- Firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and transported as checked baggage only. As defined by 49 CFR 1540.5 a loaded firearm has a live round of ammunition, or any component thereof, in the chamber or cylinder or in a magazine inserted in the firearm. Only the passenger should retain the key or combination to the lock unless TSA personnel request the key to open the firearm container to ensure compliance with TSA regulations.
- Firearm parts, including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins, are prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage.
- Replica firearms, including firearm replicas that are toys, may be transported in checked baggage only.
- Rifle scopes are permitted in carry-on and checked baggage.