WHAT TO KNOW: Transporting firearms and ammunition on planes


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A shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday afternoon has left at least five dead and multiple people injured.

The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Estaban Santiago, was a passenger on a Canadian flight with a checked gun. He claimed his bag and took the gun from the baggage claim area and went into the bathroom to load the gun. He then carried out the shooting, according to a Broward Co. commissioner.

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Here’s what to know about transporting firearms and ammunition on planes and in airports:

• Passengers can transport unloaded firearms in a locked hard-sided container as checked baggage only. The passenger needs to declare the firearm and ammunition to the airline when checking their bags at the ticket counter. Locked cases that can be easily opened are not permitted.

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• Travelers must be aware and comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary on local, state and international levels. Firearms need to be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container, and only the passenger should have the key or combination to the lock.

• Firearm parts including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins are not permitted in a carry-on bag. They can, however, be transported in checked baggage.

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• Rifle scopes are permitted in carry-on and check baggage. Ammunition is prohibited in carry-on baggage, and firearm magazines and ammunition clips have to be in a secure, hard-sided case containing an unloaded firearm.


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