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Old 04-19-2011, 04:20 PM
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Default TSA & locks on gun cases????

I've never flown outside the US of A with a firearm but will be in a couple months.

Can someone explain to me what kind of padlock I should put on my rifle case and ammo case?

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Old 04-19-2011, 04:49 PM
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The last I read was NO TSA locks, to use a combination or keyed lock that only you have access to.
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I would check with the airline being flown and with TSA. One never knows what the Gestapo agent at the security-line will have on the agenda that day one chooses to travel.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:08 PM
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I have posted re: this very issue AS IT PERTAINS TO TRAVEL IN THE USA on several occasions. A general search or a search of my posts will find the threads.

TSA locks are permissible. That has been verified at many airports and in personal conversations with a TSA Special Agent and on-site TSA baggage inspectors.

I travel regularly in the US with a gun in my checked baggage. Though airport procedures vary a bit (in some airports you accompany your bag to the TSA inspection site; in others you do not) my gun is always in a hard-sided Samsonite suitcase with built-in TSA combination locks.

Just three weeks ago I was flying from PIT to CHA. At PIT you personally convey your suitcase from airline check-in to the TSA site. At CHA, the airline agent takes it to the conveyor that leads to TSA.

There was nary a problem(s) at either location. The same has held true as I have flown to/from these other cities, also, within the last couple years: Baltimore, Washington National, Charlotte, Hartford-Springfield, Orlando, Denver, San Francisco, Phoenix, Key West, Honolulu, and Kahului,

Be sure, however, to check with your airline carrier particularly if it's a non-US carrier and presume you have addressed all legality issues for your foreign destination.

Bon voyage.

Be safe.
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