Aviation: Firearms:Written question - HL4590

Asked on: 11 January 2017
Department for Transport
Aviation: Firearms
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure that airline passengers arriving at or departing from UK airports are not allowed to carry guns or ammunition either in the passenger cabin or in checked hold baggage; and whether they will provide warnings to airline passengers travelling to or from those states in the US where the carrying of guns and ammunition in passenger planes is now permitted.
Answered on: 18 January 2017

Under existing (international) firearm and safety regulations, airlines may carry unloaded guns and a limited amount of ammunition in hold baggage where persons are holding these lawfully. In the UK, there are strict controls on how such items are notified to the air carrier, screened and placed in an aircraft hold leaving the UK and on collecting such items on entry to the UK. Passengers are prohibited from carrying firearms and ammunition in the cabin of an aircraft; and passengers and their cabin baggage are screened for such items prior to departure.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office US travel advice was updated on 7 January in light of the Fort Lauderdale incident to advise travellers to follow local procedures.

We keep our aviation security measures under constant review.

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