How do you tell if a gun case is approved for air travel? The gun at BPS and sales lady at dicks were not quite sure? We could not find any cases stamped for TSA or air approved. What are the standards
I don't believe their is such a certification. Southwest Airlines specifies that it must be a hard sided lockable case capable of withstanding normal handling. I use a Storm rifle case and have not had a problem on half a dozen flights. I would spend the money on a Storm, Pelican or similar quality case and avoid something like a cheap Plano even though it might meet the requirements.
Southwest Airlines specifies that it must be a hard sided lockable case capable of withstanding normal handling.
This is the important part. Hard sided and lockable.
It is surprisingly easy to fly with a firearm. I have done it many times on USAir. Just take it up, sign a form verifying that it is unloaded, and that only you have the key, and away you go. You can even keep the ammo in the gun case, as long is the gun itself is unloaded.
Invest in a quality case if you plan to use it more than once. I have had the airlines break my cheap cases before, but fortunately, the guns have survived unscathed.