Posted by Edmond (18.104.22.168) on January 18, 2010 at 16:27:42:
I received a message from Lou Anderson of the Grand Prix Organizing Committee. Although it is specifically for the Grand Prix, it would seem to affect all future air travel with PCP or CO2 cylinders.
"Attention All Athletes:
Due to recent changes in TSA and CATSA rules governing air travel, air cylinders for air rifles and air pistols may no longer be transported in checked baggage on Canadian and American air carriers and most international air carriers whether attached to the rifle/pistol and/or on their own. These items are now classified as "oxygen cylinders" and therefore are prohibited as "dangerous goods".
You will now be required to transport your air rifles/pistols in locked opaque cases in checked baggage and will need to ship your air cylinder by courier to the event. The CAGP Committee has been assured by the Legal Dept of FED EX that they will courier your air cylinders in the following manner:
1. Package your EMPTY air cylinder well packed for transport - preferably in bubble wrap and in a box.
2. Label the bill of lading "Description of Goods" section as: EMPTY GAUGE CYLINDER
3. Address the package label and bill of lading to:
Canadian Shooting Sports Association
7 Director Court, Unit #106,
Vaughan, ON, L4L 4S5
Attention: CAGP Equipment
(Contact Phone 905-265-0692)
We will transfer your air cylinders from the CSSA office to the match and they may be picked up there when you check in at registration."
Hopefully this will be a temporary security measure, as it would be a serious pain for all future events involving air travel.
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