Hunters, be ready for security screening at the airport

Hunters, be ready for security screening at the airport

As the air gets cooler, hunters are starting to pack their gear for their annual expedition. For those taking a commercial flight to their hunting spot, here are some tips that will make security screening at the airport faster and easier.

Know the rules for packing rifles, bows and crossbows

Firearms are only permitted in checked baggage. They must be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided case and declared to the air carrier. Bows, crossbows and arrows must also be transported as checked baggage. Ensure that they are placed in a hard shell container designed for shipping. Declare these items to the airline agent at check-in.

Check for loose bullets

Cartridges and ammunition are not allowed in carry-on baggage. They can only be placed in checked baggage and must be properly packed with approval from your air carrier.

Additional screening for loose bullets in pockets or carry-on bags slows down thousands of passengers every year.

Pack your gear properly

  • Knives and sharp tools must go in checked baggage.
  • Flammable liquids, such as liquid fuel or small propane tanks are prohibited from flying. If you must bring these items, ship them ahead of time or purchase them at your destination.
  • Bear spray and other animal repellents are also prohibited from flying.
  • Important items like licenses, tags and GPS devices should be placed in your carry-on baggage.

You can check out our What Can I Bring section for other hunting gear you want to bring.

Any questions?

For more information on specific rules and restrictions and the paperwork required to travel with rifles and ammunition, you should contact your air carrier.

If you are still unsure whether an item is allowed to fly, you can contact us at 1-888-294-2202, through our Questions, Comments and Complaints form or by sending us a question on Twitter and Facebook.

On the go? You can also download our mobile app for more screening tips!


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