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Hey, I just flew back to Indiana, and as a friend there (from Bulgaria) had never shot a gun before, I decided to go on an Odyssey and take my FNP9M with me. Since I had no clue on the restrictions of guns on planes, I figured I'd write up a little ditty on it. Not much to write though.

First off, after I had called NWA I was still pretty confused. I had bought a lockable hard case (mine is like a single gun lockable aluminum case, just barely big enough for the FNP9M) and I spoke to someone with customer support. They said that the gun gets packed separately from the rest of your luggage, for security reasons. So I unloaded it, took it apart, and packed it in the tiny case. Elapse 12 hours: Now this was the hardest part for me (lame, I know). It was packed at the NWA baggage check counter, so there wasn't really a way I could say "I need to declare a firearm..." without anyone hearing, so I just said it. Luckily no one, except the agent, heard me (I don't care of people know I carry a gun, but would like to avoid the airport fears of most people). She had me sign a red card, stating that the gun was unloaded, called TSA, and had me escorted to a TSA check counter, where they had me open the case and she poked around inside/inside my bag, looking for ammo. You may not pack the gun and ammo in the same checked bag (but you DO put the gun case in your checked luggage). They will also ask you very dumb questions, "is your gun in carry on or checked baggage?" All I could do was laugh. So let's recap:

-Declare the firearm!
-Have it in a locked hard case (from the TSA website). You keep the key.
-Pack ammo separately.
-Avoid the people. The reason I say this is because on my way home, I took a leg through Detroit. Having a bunch of downtime (thank you Northwest) I decided to get a beer at an airport bar. This guy comes to sit next to me and was like "did they let you get your gun on the plane?" Turns out he was behind me in the check in line, in my row on the plane, and thought he was a smart ass, because he starts telling everyone at the bar that I checked a gun, and that had something happened he would have been the first one to take me down. I just chalked it up to him being an idiot. Whatever you can do, avoid situations like that.

Pretty much that's it. It's a hell of a lot easier than you may think. They didnt even inspect it on my way home. Just x-rayed the bag and away I went. It didn't seem to matter if I called ahead of time or not, just bring it up to the ticket counter people.

And that's it. Easy, huh?
 

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I've read too many times of guys going through the whole check in process with their gun on a flight and it never showing up on the other end with the rest of their luggage and the airlines not giving a damn, to trust them with one were I to fly.

Between that, the increasingly long delays / security checks, etc I'll stick with driving places.
 

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Except for the jackass in Detroit it wasn't bad at all. And, this may sound dumb, a tiny bit of prevention is all you need. Like putting a keyring through both of the zipper pieces, so it cant be opened during loading.

I would do it again. Most definitely.
 
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