Re: Airline travel with rifles experiences
I'm sure the agents all have a different slant on what's required. Every time I called, I got a different story. I don't even remember how many times I changed the way my ammunition was packaged? Original box, plastic box, 20 rounds per box, 50 is okay, as long as it's plastic. Of course, that was AFTER a trip to the range to search trash cans for "original factory" boxes, since most of my guns have never seen a factory cartridge.
All this was before I left. Eventually, I got an attitude, and decided to do it as broadly as possible, and let them figure it out, once I was at the counter, (but) armed with the names of those that had advised me; from A to Z. Then, of course, I signed the unloaded tag, and was advised that I would not require any firearm inspection in Amsterdam, since I was booked through to Johnanesberg. But, guess what? They paged me all over the International terminal, but, I, however, was standing in line at McDonalds. They wanted to know if my guns were unloaded, and why I had twice as much ammo as I was supposed to have, but, wife said: <wink> half of it was hers.
Also, (different trip) I know about that crummy machine at Phoenix Airport that throws guns out the chute. Phoenix was the only place in the last three years that actually had me remove my guns from the case and show them that they were unloaded. It was embarassing, and they STILL wanted to open the case again, after the X-Ray. The bad part was I had a TuffPack, which, for those that are unfamiliar; looks a little like it might have a set of golf clubs in it. And, I had used dirty clothes to pad the inside, so I had a whole bunch of laundry on the floor just to remove the gun cases, and I'm standing there like an idiot working the actions, in full view of a couple hundred people waiting to check in. They really need to come up with a plan....and BTW, hostile? Worst jerks I have ever seen, bar none!
Travel by air is a crapshoot; sometimes uneventfull, sometimes a real adventure.
Good hunting. LB