I imagine that there’ll be some raised eyebrows today, as Americans step-up to airline check-in counters and declare they’re carrying a firearm in their luggage. It’s a relatively painless if slightly unpredictable process.
Some airlines’ check-in staff require a visual inspection of your firearm(s). Others just ask you if the gun case inside your luggage is locked and the ammo is stored separately. Others don’t have a clue what to do. Eventually, at some point, you sign a firearms declaration form, the agent chucks on or in the gun case and away you go.
In many airports you then have to schlep your luggage to a separate screening area, stand around while TSA staff check your gun case for evidence of explosives, and wait for Uncle Sam’s blue shirts to give you the all-clear. That sucks. But it’s nothing compared to the “normal” delays one can encounter during air travel.
What’s been your experience — both good and bad — traveling through airports with guns?