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    X2 on Westjet,they are(were)very hunter friendly.
    As far the ammo is concerned-many have stated above,just packaging is not enough.I atually packaged in its original cardboard box,placed into a gutted out handgun hardcase-so to fit inside(the box cost few dollars in the big scheme of things)so i complied to the regulations at the time. Also i was able to padlock the small case,for piece of mind.
    I also had to write on the plastic box-Ammo.......
    Last edited by gbk; January 12th, 2021 at 07:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikePal View Post
    My buddy from WinPeg has flown here a few times with his rifles. He had some issue ($$) with Air canada (who doesn't) the first time so he switched to Westjet.

    It's slick a snot. Absolutely no problems or troubles. Has to drop it off at the special service desk and pick it up at the desk at the other end as they don't send it down the carousel. Only issue he had once is they found a loose 30-06 cartridge in one of his carry on bags going thur x-ray and he had to remove it and discard.

    No extra requirements pre flight. Just get your boarding pass and walk over and give the guy your gun case. Easy Peasy.

    and yes ..the double Flambeau hard case is what he uses.
    I left my spent shell that I shot my deer with in a waist bag pocket.
    After X-ray, I had to find it and put in the ammo box.
    "Only dead fish go with the flow."
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    Thanks for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    Thanks for the help!
    I flew to BC. I had my 06 in a double Flambeau, with two locks. I took the foam out of the case and packed extra clothes I needed, but didn’t have the room in my checked bag. Worked like a charm, and no problems. One thing I found interesting, in Vancouver, the security at check-in swabbed my gun for explosives......duh...I asked her about that and she just laughed and said, “I know, I know ....”
    Just make sure you have the keys to the locks handy. You will need to open the case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rick_iles View Post
    I flew to BC. I had my 06 in a double Flambeau, with two locks. I took the foam out of the case and packed extra clothes I needed, but didn’t have the room in my checked bag. Worked like a charm, and no problems. One thing I found interesting, in Vancouver, the security at check-in swabbed my gun for explosives......duh...I asked her about that and she just laughed and said, “I know, I know ....”
    Just make sure you have the keys to the locks handy. You will need to open the case.
    The clothes in the case is a great tip thanks.
    Did you tape the case, or just use the latches provided?

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    I have flown with guns a good deal within Canada. Instead of a dedicated gun case, I use a case designed for golf clubs. It holds 3 or more guns, which I put in soft cases within the hard outer case. I fill the empty space with bulky clothes, boots (even waders), sleeping bags etc. Mine has wheels on it, which makes it easy to move around the airport. It locks securely, and isn't as obvious as to what is inside. I did get some strange looks when I arrived in Norman Wells, NWT with "golf clubs".
    The ammo must be in a separate checked bag, in original boxes. This necessitates 2 checked bags, for which you will be charged extra - more by Air Canada simply because it is a gun. The extra space in my gun case allows me to at least pack extra gear for the additional money I am paying.
    I always arrive at the airport early, and when checking the bags discreetly tell the agent I am travelling with a firearm. Invariably, the supervisor is summoned since the regular agents aren't sure of the policy. I stick to the supervisor, who usually walks me through the system teaching the regular agent what to do. You are usually asked to demonstrate that the gun is unloaded, so be prepared with a key handy - or use combination locks. Usually this takes place in a area off to one side, where oversized bags are handled - musical instruments, bicycles etc.
    I bring a roll of duct tape and tape the s**t out of the padlocks once they are happy, Almost always one lock is broken by the time I get home. I throw a spare lock in, just in case. When you arrive at your destination, the bag will come out at the oversize baggage area, off to one side. I have never had an issue with that, although once a guy had golf bags in his case, identical to mine!
    There is a case designed for this purpose, called 'Tuffpak". It is heavy, and costs a fortune. I use an SKB Freedom bag - which I love. It cost me $70 years ago, I see they are double that now. My buddy uses a similar one which hinges open.
    Final note - do NOT let any ammo, fired on not - stray in to your gear. Go through your pockets at home or at the hotel. They do not tolerate that error gracefully.
    Did you know there is a limit as to how many lighters you are allowed to bring? Handlers in Edmonton seem to think so....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    The clothes in the case is a great tip thanks.
    Did you tape the case, or just use the latches provided?
    I didn’t tape my case. The latches were all intact when I retrieved my gun at the airport. I used two locks though.....
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    I've used a hard golf club travel case as stated above, trigger locks on firearms locks on case. I also didn't travel with ammo , I purchased that at my destination. Declare the firearm at checkin the first time I didn't it the rifle showed up when they Xrayed the case and the appropriate documentation was all that was needed.

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