I don’t have a gun. The closest thing to a rifle that I own, in terms of size, is a small blue broom. So as I read the below blogpost, by a female gun-blogger getting ready to fly with her rifle, I substituted in broom. And you know what? It was a very booooooring article. So I mentally exchanged my broom back for her rifle. Much more interesting! Good thing her blog has a generous exchange policy or I woulda been outta luck:
I am about to fly, and plan on checking a rifle. Because I have never done this, and understanding how difficult it can be to even take shampoo while traveling by air – I have been researching this heavily. I am flying on United, so first I went to their website.
The instructions there are very straight forward, and seem much easier than I expected. Basically, you have to have the weapon (unloaded) in a lockable case, with a key held by the gun owner. You take it to the check-in counter and declare your weapon. They will have you fill out a form, verify it is unloaded and then place a tag inside with your name. You will be instructed to take it to a location where the TSA will inspect it to verify it is unloaded and that all other procedures are followed.
The easy way to declare your weapon (with panache) is to get up on the counter and yell, hey everyone, I gotta gun! Or so I’ve heard. . .