So you want to fly with firearms on an airplane? See How I flew with Long Guns on Airtran
I recently just flew from Atlanta to Denver and I wanted to bring my firearms with me so I could go shooting on the family ranch. Before I decided to buy a case and pack a duffle bag full of semi auto goodness and jump on a plane I did a bit of research. One thing is for sure, each airport handles flying with firearms a bit differently from the other. When flying with firearms you are suppose to declare that you have them at the ticket counter of the airline you are flying on. They are suppose to ask you if they are unloaded and if there is any ammo in the case with them. They then sign a declared firearms red ticket and you sign it and you are suppose to “slide” it into your case. You are not supposed to open your case completely at the ticket counter.
The next step is you will then either take your case to the oversized TSA baggage screening area, or an agent will assist you by carrying it on a cart and you will follow them. I wanted to make sure that I was present any time the case was open or inspected. To insure that I used my own non TSA locks and keep the key around my neck on a lanyard. I made this video below to detail my experience and also provide some tips for anyone that is looking into flying with their firearms anytime soon.