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Old Jan 23, 03, 5:58 pm
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tlglenn
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: CP-ASEL,G-IA in Tucson, Arizona, United States
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Btw, the TSA website says the following:

<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Can I transport guns or firearms?
Guns and firearms are NOT permitted in your carry-on baggage, but depending on the policy of your airline, may be included with your checked baggage. Check with your airline or travel agent to see if firearms are permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. Firearms carried as checked baggage MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided case, and declared to the airline at check-in. Only you, the passenger, may have the key or combination. You should never unlock your bag if the gun is not placed within a separate locked, hard-sided case inside your checked bag. TSA will NOT force open locked baggage if it knows the baggage contains guns or ammunition. If we have to open your checked bag containing a gun or ammunition, we will make every effort to contact you and have you open the bag for our screeners. If we cannot clear your bag, then your bag will not make your flight.</font>
http://www.tsa.gov/public/faq.jsp

I hope all TSA employees are aware of this. Incidentally, this seems to be one method of forcing a landside check at airside airports albeit with the risk of the luggage not making the flight.
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