Alaska Airlines Firearms Policy
Written by Danny Behymer,
in Section Safety And Education
A "firearm" is any weapon that will, or is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, or the frame or receiver of any such weapon. This includes:
- Sporting rifles, shotguns, and handguns
- Handguns of authorized law enforcement officers while traveling on official duty
- Starter pistols, compressed air or BB guns, and flare pistols
- Antique firearms
All firearms must be unloaded and carried in a locked, hard-sided container where only the customer retains the key or combination.
The hard-sided case must be secured in such a way that it does not allow for accidental or unauthorized opening. Multiple locks may be required on some cases to ensure the case cannot be opened.
Firearms checked for baggage must not contain dangerous goods or prohibited items, such as but are not limited to: loose ammunition, flammable liquids, black powder, primers, or bear spray.
We do not allow customers under age 18 to carry on or check a firearm.
Customers are required to present photo ID or claim checks at the baggage office to retrieve their shotgun or rifle case/box.
If you are connecting to another carrier with an international destination you will need to claim your firearm(s) and ammunition at the final Alaska Airlines destination and then check it directly with the receiving carrier.
If you are connecting to another carrier with a domestic destination you may need to claim your firearm(s) and ammunition at the final Alaska Airlines destination and then check it directly with the connecting carrier.
The following items may be included in your normal baggage allowance. Excess charges will apply for additional pieces of baggage. All items must be suitably packaged for transport.
- One rifle case with rifles, scopes, one shooting mat, noise suppressors and small tools, or
- One shotgun case with shotguns, or
- One pistol case with pistols, noise suppressors, one pistol telescope and small pistol tools
There is no limit to the number or type of firearms (rifles/shotguns/pistols) per case. Different firearm types may be in the same case as long as each type is properly packed.
On Alaska Airlines flights 001-1999 and flights 2000-2999, up to 50 lbs.(domestic) and 11 lbs. (international - where permitted) may be checked. Customers checking in or connecting to Alaska Airlines flights 3300-3499 are limited to 11 lbs. of ammunition. Ammunition must be securely packed in the original manufacturer's package or in a container designed for ammunition and of sufficient strength to protect it from accidental crushing or discharge (i.e. wood, fiber, plastic, or metal).
Ammunition being sold in "original manufacturer packaging" where ammo is loose in a box or bucket cannot be accepted. The projectile must be no larger than 11/16" in diameter, the size of a dime. Ammunition may be checked with or separately from the firearm. Spent ammunition shells will be accepted in checked baggage provided they meet the same acceptance procedures as live ammunition (e.g. packed in a crush-proof case). Ammunition will only be accepted inside an ammunition clip if the magazine or clip has a complete and secure enclosure around it inside a suitcase, firearm, or crush-proof case.
Identify all bags containing firearms when you check in. Firearms must be unloaded. You will be asked to read and sign a special tag for each bag/container holding a firearm(s). This serves as your declaration that each weapon is unloaded and both weapons and ammunition are properly packaged. It is your responsibility to obtain all the necessary permits for any firearm checked between the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Canada - Handguns cannot be transported to or through Canada. Non-restricted hunting rifles or competition firearms do not require specialized documentation. Please call the Canadian Firearms Program at 1-800-731-4000 for additional information on firearms to or from Canada. A U.S. Customs declaration issued before departing the U.S. is required before bringing your firearms back to the United States. We cannot accept rifles, shotguns and other firearms between the United States and Canada without the required documentation.
Mexico - Handguns cannot be transported to or through Mexico. Before any firearm can be accepted for travel to Mexico, a consulate issued permit is required. Contact the Mexican consulate nearest you for additional information on firearms to or from Mexico. A U.S. Customs declaration issued before departing the U.S. is required before bringing your firearms back to the United States. We cannot accept rifles or shotguns and other firearms between the United States and Mexico without the required documentation.
Refillable type cylinders may travel as checked baggage under the following conditions:
- Regulator valve must be completely disconnected from the cylinder.
- Cylinder must have an opening to allow for a visual inspection inside.
Place an identification tag inside your bag.
In the rare event that your carry-on bag is misplaced, this free downloadable tag will make the identification and return process quicker. Simply complete the form and place it inside your bag.
Download a baggage ID tag. (PDF File is 343K)
Measuring bags Measure the distance from the floor to the highest point on the top of the bag (typically the handle.) Then, measure the width of the bag from side-to-side when looking at it from the front. Last, measure the thickness of the bag when looking at it from the side. The sum of these equals the total linear inches.
It is YOUR responsability to comply with Alaska Airlines, TSA Regulations and local City, and State Gun Laws of where you are traveling from, through, and your final distination. ALthough you may have complied with federal TSA and Airline regulations you may still have legal issues in States such as California, New York and New Jersey! ( NOTE: Firearms, Magazines, and Ammunition could all be in violation of individual State Laws)