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#2558653 - Sat Jan 28 2012 03:42 PM TSA gun case locks
PSA Offline

Registered: Wed Sep 22 2004
Posts: 1510
Loc: Butler, PA
I haven't flown with a firearm since 9/11 but I'm headed to Kansas for a turkey hunt in April. I've already got my SKB case. But what type/brand of TSA approved gun case locks would anyone recommend? Thanks.
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#2558681 - Sat Jan 28 2012 04:12 PM Re: TSA gun case locks [Re: PSA]
PAlimbhanger Offline

Registered: Wed May 15 2002
Posts: 1274
Loc: In the pines
Thats a good question. I myself need the answer to that one. I fly every year to KS to bowhunt, They have told me to get the TSA locks instead of the ones I have to avoid them cutting them off to get inside my case. They said the TSA approved locks have a master key so they are able to open them.
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#2558816 - Sat Jan 28 2012 05:47 PM Re: TSA gun case locks [Re: PSA]
25ftup Offline
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Registered: Fri Apr 21 2006
Posts: 3953
Loc: The Endless Mountains
I have flown out of Philly 3 times in the last 6 years with a bow. I don't have TSA locks and never had a problem.
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#2558928 - Sat Jan 28 2012 07:06 PM Re: TSA gun case locks [Re: PSA]
Ind. Deer Hunter Offline
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Registered: Fri Feb 26 2010
Posts: 217
Loc: PA usa
I've got two SKB rifle cases. The newer one comes with TSA locks right on the case. The last trip I took a screener thanked me for making his job simpler. I think the SKB single scoped rifle case was about $150. Well worth the money, for a good case and smoother travel.

#2559009 - Sat Jan 28 2012 08:06 PM Re: TSA gun case locks [Re: PSA]
Z7 ASSASIN Offline
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Registered: Wed Jan 12 2011
Posts: 719
I flew to Newfoundland in 2008 and was forced to purchase tsa locks for my case while going through the check in. They were very strict and followed the rules to the word. Also was told from other hunters of the horror stories they endured also while flying. Several were fined for incorrectly packaging ammo as well as being hassled about the lock. Be sure to study the regulations.
All of my follow up trips I drove to avoid the hassle.

#2559041 - Sat Jan 28 2012 08:42 PM Re: TSA gun case locks [Re: PSA]
jbee Offline

Registered: Tue Apr 12 2011
Posts: 56
Loc: pa.,butler
I travel alot with a gunbox. For starters,get a good box. I've seen cheap plastic boxes with holes punched through, hinges broken,and once saw one come off conveyor in Denver that was laid wide open.My Cabelas box has been on 21 trips,still like new. To your question,gunboxes are opened in the airport for the inspection by TSA,not because they contain guns, but because most are metal and don't X-ray well. TSA are not interested in your guns; they are looking for traces of explosives.Since you must open and close case for their inspection, TSA generic locks would not be needed. Note that in Canada,flying out Toronto or any Canadian airport, you must install trigger locks or lock cable in action,and ammo must be in shell case and packed in bag other than gunbox. Air Canada also shakes you down for 50 buck surcharge per box, each way,when flying guns. Can put 2 rifles in one box though.

#2559699 - Sun Jan 29 2012 12:33 PM Re: TSA gun case locks [Re: PSA]
atomchaser Offline

Registered: Tue Oct 21 2008
Posts: 159
Loc: State College
You don't need/want TSA locks. If they want to inspect the case, they will do it when you drop it off with TSA. I use 4 medium size master locks that are keyed the same.


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