Re: Airline travel with rifles experiences
I have flown with guns about 10 times, both pre and post 9-11. I have had similar experiences in Airports (Tampa, Pitt, Denver, Mpls); except I have never had someone hold my gun case waiting for me to show ID and prove it's mine. I wish they did. Granted I haven't flown with'm in the last 9 Months.
I do have one funny story that occurred in TPA just after 9-11. At check in I did the SOP, open case, show it is unloaded to supervisor, sign ticket lock case. Then I went with ALL of my luggage on a cart, (under my control) to another line where everything was X ray'd.
So I am standing there and the gun case goes throug first. The belt stops and they are stairing at the screen. They call me over and ask I open the case. I oblige, get the nod of approval and it is closed. My next bag to come out they decided to search. Within the bag were my shells. The guy, who was of Arab decent which is total irony, opens the box, takes one out, holds it up and asks...
"what is this?"
I literally said "are you kidding?". He continued to ask what it was. I finally got him to understand that those are the things I put in the gun he just looked at, to make it go boom. Needless to say I had a chuckle and wondered how this guy would ever spot a bomb. He obviously missed the tactical training for the local sleeper cell...
[ 06-30-2004: Message edited by: Bullethead ]