I hate flying. Somehow, despite my profession, I ended up on the "no fly list" (maybe it is an Alaskan thing -- Sen Stevens' wife was on there, so is our Congressman, Don Young...). I often get selected for extra screening, my checked luggage gets rummaged through and delayed, I can't check in online or at the kiosk (thus meaning extra waits...) and so on. I have almost missed flights before. It is obnoxious.
Well, someone hit on a genius idea. It doesn't solve all the problems but it helps with the checked baggage issues: fly with a gun!
You can transport a firearm in your checked luggage. In fact, all sorts of things count as firearms for travel purposes such as starter pistols, flare guns, gun parts, airsoft, etc. so even if flying to a gun-unfriendly jurisdiction you may be able to do this. If you do this, you can transport your luggage in a hard case with a lock on it. A lock with which you are legally required to NOT give anyone else access to, including TSA. That means no searches of your luggage other than x-rays and the sniffer machine.
Additionally, while the airline can't label the case as having a firearm (that would be like a sign that says "Steal me!"), it can put it in the "Don't Lose this Luggage, Seriously Baggage Dudes" pile. That means you're less likely to have your luggage lost or delayed.
It seems like a really good idea to me. I may start trying this to reduce hassle when I fly.
WARNING: The link above is Not Safe for Work. I do not endorse, support, or otherwise encourage "hacking" or any other questionable activity that the above link refers to. I just think the guy has a great idea for enhancing privacy and reducing hassle while flying.
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