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Thread: The Perils of flying with a bangstick

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    The Perils of flying with a bangstick

    Well folks,

    Here is a little story about flying and some of the pitfalls that can beset a traveller whilst travelling with a firearm.

    After stalking with Malc last weekend I popped up to Gatwick and checked in for the 1345 back to Geneva, ariiving at the airport just after 11 (hopefully enough good time to sort out formalities). All well and good or so I thought. Until I got to the gate and boarding commenced when I was called forward. "We're very sorry Mr Seager but your firearm did not clear customs. We'll take you back, try and sort this out."

    At first I was petrified and thought I might be looking at a firearms conviction. When eventually boarding had closed and we went back to the check-in desk. I got told that EasyJet had not got the customs stamp sorted so the Captain of the aircraft would rightly not accept the rifle. So, now being rebooked on the the 1700 flight I got walked through the rigmarole again (check-in, customs, security screening, the works) by someone who knew what they were doing this time. (Apparently a "new" member of staff had been in charge and not followed correct procedure)

    So, this time I got on the flight no problem and got back to Geneva where, may I say, the customs formalities where a competently and professionally handled breeze.

    I still wasn't too happy about spending from 1100-1700 in Gatwick after a 315 start to go stalking but all's well that ends well.

    Now I feel a strongly worded letter coming on...

    ATB,

    Scrummy

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    But you do look kinda suspicious though Scrun :-)

    One day I want to be as wonderful as my dogs think i am .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by neil_r View Post
    But you do look kinda suspicious though Scrun :-)
    Taxi!

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    Just picture that fantastic buck in your cross hair and your wait at the airport will hopefully seem insignificant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant.N View Post
    Just picture that fantastic buck in your cross hair and your wait at the airport will hopefully seem insignificant.
    It does kinda help . I'm just wondering if we should get BASC or someone to provide a checklist of requirements for airport procedure so this sort of thing could be avoided in future..?

    ATB,

    Scrummy

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    Gatwick procedures are worrying...

    Many times I have returned from the US with ammo but TWICE I have been to the red channel to collect my checked in luggage which contained pre-booked and fully declared ammunition - and on presentation of my FAC (which was not looked at on either occasion) I was presented with a firearm.

    "Ooops. We assumed it was yours"

    Handle every stressful situation like a dog. If you can't eat it, hump it or learn from it then piss on it and walk away.

    "HOSPITALITY" - the art of making guests feel at home (when you wish they were).



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    One of these days, I hope to let you know how it all works out on Eurostar...

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrumbag View Post
    It does kinda help . I'm just wondering if we should get BASC or someone to provide a checklist of requirements for airport procedure so this sort of thing could be avoided in future..?

    ATB,

    Scrummy
    Drop the firearms team at Marford Mill an email. I amsure they would consider it. They are pretty helpful.

    David.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pine Marten View Post
    One of these days, I hope to let you know how it all works out on Eurostar...
    Be interesting to hear how you get on PM!

    Scrummy

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    Well, it's not for just now. First I need to wait until my brother-in-law finishes redoing his old farmhouse in Normandy. Amongst other things. But Eurostar will let you take your rifle locked away in a separate carriage, although no ammunition, as no explosives are permitted in the Channel Tunnel.

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