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Old 06-08-2011, 12:05 AM
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Gents,

So I just saw this video passed on by someone else.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_borufk9RTc

There's one thing I'd like to clarify before I go on a furious email spree against their customer service.

The soldier states that he checked a weapons case containing his M4, a 209 grenade launcher and his M9.

To this uneducated civilian, this sounds very fishy. Does the Army send a soldiers' issued weapons with them on civilan airplanes as checked baggage?

Thank you guys in advance for the clarification.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:25 AM
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That is a 203 attached to his m4.
What they fail to say is the expense was on a government travel card, a fully reimbursable claim, that I'm only assuming that would have cost far more had they either chartered a special flight, or paid to ship the weapons out of country. They make it seem as if the soldier had to pay out of his pocket, but keep in mind military orders only allow 2 bags and normally provide a different shipping for items out of country.
Like he said the unit had to pay, but they would have paid more for a personal property move for each member.
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Old 06-08-2011, 6:08 AM
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yes when we fly commercial on official duty we have to check our weapons in just like any other baggage. Usually the airline has been notified beforehand to expedite the process.
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Old 06-08-2011, 6:45 AM
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Very True Jermz!!!

I have never had any problem checking my weapons cases when I travel. Hlaf the time when TSA checks them(while I am standing there) they ask if they can pic it up and check it out. They know they are military weapons, open them and inspect then close my case. At that point I secure it with locks and searialized tamper seals. I watch as they are loaded on the plane then go back up to the gate to get on my flight.

Cahnces are the soldiers will get the $$ back when they file a travel claim. It won't come out of the soldier's pocket but Delta should not have charged them for the 4th bag.

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Old 06-08-2011, 7:40 AM
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Video was removed by the user. I would not be surprised if they got in trouble over this. 4th bag where do they draw the line 5th or 6th bag? They shoulkd have charged them they have expenses to run a business, and like we keep saying THEY CHARGED THE GOVERNMENT NOT THE SOLDIERS
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Gents,

So I just saw this video passed on by someone else.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_borufk9RTc

There's one thing I'd like to clarify before I go on a furious email spree against their customer service.

The soldier states that he checked a weapons case containing his M4, a 209 grenade launcher and his M9.

To this uneducated civilian, this sounds very fishy. Does the Army send a soldiers' issued weapons with them on civilan airplanes as checked baggage?

Thank you guys in advance for the clarification.
It is common place. We took a civilian flight to Florida to join up with our "customer" and then we took a military flight from there. Our GAU-5A/As and M9s where locked up in large mutligun cases and checked as baggage on the civilian flight. That was back in the 90s.

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Old 07-02-2011, 1:36 AM
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That is a 203 attached to his m4.
What they fail to say is the expense was on a government travel card, a fully reimbursable claim, that I'm only assuming that would have cost far more had they either chartered a special flight, or paid to ship the weapons out of country. They make it seem as if the soldier had to pay out of his pocket, but keep in mind military orders only allow 2 bags and normally provide a different shipping for items out of country.
Like he said the unit had to pay, but they would have paid more for a personal property move for each member.
You have to pay your government card off and cannot carry a balance from month to month or they report you to your unit. So any unexpected expenses like that become a real concern. Will the unit pay it or will they stick you with the bill? Yes, they should pay it. But I've personally been screwed over routinely on legtimate expenses. So there is ZERO guarentee and it is a stressful experience. This coming from someone who went TDY 9 months out of the year and had to use the card to survive.

Bear in mind, their orders said 3 bags and they had prearranged for them to travel with 3 bags. The airline chose to enforce standard policy over the arrangement at the last minute - according to a news article I read about this incident.
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yes when we fly commercial on official duty we have to check our weapons in just like any other baggage. Usually the airline has been notified beforehand to expedite the process.
yep. when i went to Ft. Polk we had the airline escort our guys do the plane to load our weapons on the plane. no big deal. but that was before 9/11 though. probably hasn't changed that much since then.
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