How to Prevent Baggage Theft by Carrying a Firearm When Traveling by Air

Millions of Americans travel by air each year, often travelling with valuable electronic, photography equipment, or jewelry. All too often, these valuables are stolen in transit. Since the airline's baggage handlers, the TSA, and other passengers can all deflect blame onto the other groups, no one has to take any responsibility for the theft, leaving the victim with a $50 voucher for their next trip and a "We're looking into it."


Fortunately, there's a loophole in federal law that does allow one to travel with a bag without having to allow anyone to rummage through it except in your presence -- Bring a gun!

Steps

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    Obtain the things listed in the Things you Need section. Anything legally classified as a firearm will work. A flare gun or a starter pistol works as well as an assault rifle.
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    Pack your valuables with your unloaded firearm in the same suitcase.
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    Lock it securely with a good, non-TSA approved lock
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    Declare at the check in counter that you wish to check a bag containing a firearm.
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    Fill out the required declaration forms.
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    Unlock the luggage while it is hand screened in your presence.
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    Relock it and allow the bag to be checked.
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    Collect you bag at your destination knowing that no one, not even the TSA or the baggage handlers, got to loot it.

Warnings

  • At the check-in counter, phrases like, "I'm flying with a firearm today" go over better than "Hey, I've got a gun."
  • Do not try this technique in New York or New Jersey (especially: JFK, LGA, EWR, ALB) -- you will be arrested under local laws, as these states do not respect gun rights.

Things You'll Need

  • legally owned firearm
  • secure hard-sided suitcase
  • secure lock (not TSA approved)

Article Info

Categories: Surviving Airports | Travel Safety & Security