Wilson Combat Airport woes

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by PWS, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. PWS

    PWS Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 20, 2016
    another lesson learned today.... I've flown with my guns before and always locked my mags with my gun in my checked baggage.....today I was going on a short weekend business trip with a carry-on bag and planned to go to a local range at my destination and rent a 1911 to shoot....so I looked on the TSA site to see if empty magazines were listed as prohibited in carried on baggage....."gun parts" were mentioned but I didn't see anything about empty mags....so I called and the bored sounding woman at the American Airlines site said that gun magazines were fine....so I threw 2 .45 and 2 9mm mags in my bag.....wrong answer....maybe she thought I was talking about American Rifleman or Guns and Ammo magazines.....as I was going thro the TSA inspection station, the Agents went ballistic....you would have thought I had a 155 Howitzer stuck in my bag.....they took me to a room and had me unpack everything and ran explosive patches over my underwear.....finally they let me mail my mags to my home and cleared me to get on the plane.....so, unloaded magazines are "gun parts" and are prohibited....don't know what specifically they are worried about, but the lesson is "don't do it".....
  2. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014
    You might take over the plane with an empty mag!!
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  3. livinthelife

    livinthelife Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    You might attach it to a ball point pen and then have a fully automatic assault rifle :o.o:
  4. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    At least they didn't probe any body cavities. lol
  5. Goofball310

    Goofball310 Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    Magazine of mass destruction.
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  6. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014
    Gots to watch what I say today! Wife and daughter are flyin out this weekend.
  7. Sterling Archer

    Sterling Archer Codename Duchess Supporting Addict

    Aug 30, 2015
    You're government, hard at work keeping you safe.
  8. Oldag

    Oldag Well-Known Member

    Aug 27, 2014
    I'm sure AA will make it up to you for providing bad advice...
  9. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    Thankfully they let you mail them home. I'm surprised they didn't confiscate them.
  10. SCS1911

    SCS1911 Failed all therapy

    Oct 5, 2012
    I'm betting he left that part out intentionally. :moon:
  11. PWS

    PWS Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 20, 2016
    Nah, getting my privates fondled woulda been a high point for this day
  12. PWS

    PWS Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 20, 2016
    The TSA folks were generally polite but didn't seem to understand that empty mags are just pieces of metal....one earnest young man told me very seriously that I might use them to shoot someone after the scanning position....I mentioned that generally that requires a gun, which they had just proved I did not have....didn't seem to make much of an impact on his earnestness.....I'm on their side in all this craziness but don't think they thought this one through very well.....they let me mail them home....guess they don't care about the USPS safety......
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  13. azpoolguy

    azpoolguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2013
    I forgot I had cO2 bottles for my paint ball gun in my carry on bag one time.

    That didn't go over to well with the TSA when the x-rayed my bag.
  14. Jmtgsx

    Jmtgsx Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2015
    Really sorry that happened to you today. Good news! You can buy more mags before you fly back home! I know a guy.
  15. PWS

    PWS Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 20, 2016
    Thanks! What a day! In Dallas and heading to Oklahoma now, following the afternoon thunderstorm.....hope it doesn't start spinning.....
  16. Jmtgsx

    Jmtgsx Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2015
    We did the spinning thing last night. You should be ok for a few days.
  17. jfrey

    jfrey Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Oct 10, 2012
    Don't feel too bad,they stopped me in Houston and DC for wearing starched jeans. Those folks are stupid at best. The woman at the little ID counter was holding my TDL and looking at me and then asked what my name was. Like Ron White says "You can't fix stupid".
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    R0CKETMAN NRA member Supporting Addict

    Dec 24, 2011
    That's funny... You should have said clip when you called :)
  19. m9_shootr

    m9_shootr I'm your huckleberry....

    Jan 5, 2016
    Another reason why I no longer fly.
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  20. Razer

    Razer On The Razers Edge Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Jul 1, 2012
    I'm sure the inspector will get promoted.
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