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Dad and I are going to WY antelope hunting later this year. I will bowhunt and he will use a rifle. I have an SKB parallel limb, double bow case. I know I can fit both the bow and gun in there but how can I secure the gun? There are no straps to keep it from moving around in there. I could use spare clothing to pack tight and keep it secure but I know that once it leaves my hands the TSA guy will tear through it and not put it back properly. Any ideas?
 

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When you go to the airline counter to check in they will escort you over to TSA for inspection of the gun and case. When they are done looking it over, with you present, they lock it up and give you the key. It is not opened again. If you have room, put the rifle in a soft sided case before putting it into the SKB. Should travel fine.
 

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That is not the way it's done anymore. At least not the last several times I've flown out of my local airport. You are right, it used to work just like you say, but now, since all locks must be TSA approved and accessible, they don't even need you there to open it and lock it back up. The last few times I've flown with a gun it gets checked like regular baggage (after signing the eclaration that it is unloaded) and TSA later goes through it without you present. I've even asked to be able to lock it up after inspection and have been told that they don't do that anymore. Good idea on the soft case!
 

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That is not the way it's done anymore. At least not the last several times I've flown out of my local airport. You are right, it used to work just like you say, but now, since all locks must be TSA approved and accessible, they don't even need you there to open it and lock it back up. The last few times I've flown with a gun it gets checked like regular baggage (after signing the eclaration that it is unloaded) and TSA later goes through it without you present. I've even asked to be able to lock it up after inspection and have been told that they don't do that anymore. Good idea on the soft case!
Maybe so, I flew with a gun in my bow case about 4 months ago out of Seattle and it worked just like I described above. Your SKB has TSA locks or you use a pad lock?
 

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I was told that you could not check a bow and a firearm in the same case.

When I asked an agent as my local airport, he said he wasnt sure and would check for me. He got swamped and I didnt stick around to wait.

Anyone know for sure?
 

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I am headed to Texas on the 3rd of April and plan to have my side arm in my bow case. I am going to call both Continental and TSA just to check but 4 months ago it was no problem. Every airport is a little different, I fly 100K plus miles a year for work and see it often. I actually had it out with a TSA screener at Seattle when they asked me to do something that TSA had just removed as a requirement. She said "every airport is different" to which I pointed out that they were all staffed by the same agency and since I can get the same Big Mac in any city why can't I get the same TSA rules in every city. I do not advise this approach to dealing with TSA!:wink:
 

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That is not the way it's done anymore. At least not the last several times I've flown out of my local airport. You are right, it used to work just like you say, but now, since all locks must be TSA approved and accessible, they don't even need you there to open it and lock it back up. The last few times I've flown with a gun it gets checked like regular baggage (after signing the eclaration that it is unloaded) and TSA later goes through it without you present. I've even asked to be able to lock it up after inspection and have been told that they don't do that anymore. Good idea on the soft case!
Just an update. I just flew from Seattle to Houston and back with my bow and hand gun in the same case. The process was identical at both airports. When checking my bags I told the person at the counter I had a firearm in my bow case. They printed out the that long bag tag they put on all of the checked bags and wrote the number from the tag on a firearms declaration form and had me sign it. Then they escorted me to the TSA guy who had me open the case, he examined the firearm and looked around inside the case, he then put the firearm declaration form and the TSA form inside and asked me to lock it. The TSA guy then took a hole punch with a "cross pattern" and punched a hole through that white bag check ticket they put on all of the checked bags. After that the airline rep took it back over to the counter and sent it through with the other bags. I do not have "TSA" locks on my case nor did anyone ask.
 
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