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Protect Your Gear by Flying with a Gun

A few days ago we came across this brilliant trick for protecting your valuable camera gear while flying. Most airlines don’t allow you to fly with your luggage locked, but there’s a clever way around the rule — bring a gun.

No, we’re not advocating violence, and no, you don’t need a real gun at all:

A “weapons” is defined as a rifle, shotgun, pistol, airgun, and STARTER PISTOL. Yes, starter pistols – those little guns that fire blanks at track and swim meets – are considered weapons…and do NOT have to be registered in any state in the United States.

I have a starter pistol for all my cases. All I have to do upon check-in is tell the airline ticket agent that I have a weapon to declare…I’m given a little card to sign, the card is put in the case, the case is given to a TSA official who takes my key and locks the case, and gives my key back to me.

That’s the procedure. The case is extra-tracked…TSA does not want to lose a weapons case. This reduces the chance of the case being lost to virtually zero.

It’s a great way to travel with camera gear…I’ve been doing this since Dec 2001 and have had no problems whatsoever.

If you’ve ever lost anything valuable while flying, or have had anything mishandled and broken (I have), this might be a good way to ensure your gear’s safety.

Expensive Cameras in Checked Luggage (via Boing Boing)


Image credits: B A N G ! by mr.beaver and Lufthansa by caribb


 
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  • http://twitter.com/magic6435 michael evans

    FUCKING BRILLIANT

  • http://www.OnSiteStudios.com OnSiteStudios

    I love this. Now I have to figure out how do to this should I go to Europe.

  • http://twitter.com/JOeMTC JOe C.

    It's better than insurance. Great idea.

  • http://twitter.com/DigitalisPhoto Michael Davis

    The problem with this idea is that even with cases locked with TSA approved locks, guns do go missing all too often between the luggage being checked and it hitting the turnstiles at the destination airport. One of many reasons I'd rather drive to my destination.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Allen/1435960788 Stephen Allen

    Fellow shooters who fly a lot-This is something to consider….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Allen/1435960788 Stephen Allen

    Fellow shooters who fly a lot-This is something to consider….

  • http://davidmchenry.info David McHenry

    This is a pretty genius idea actually, I already traveled with a real gun thats registered and legit, but I never once thought to lock it inside my camera case as well. Pure brilliance

  • http://davidmchenry.info David McHenry

    This is a pretty genius idea actually, I already traveled with a real gun thats registered and legit, but I never once thought to lock it inside my camera case as well. Pure brilliance

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    So are guns handled as carefully as the quote claims?

  • http://twitter.com/WinkofanEyedigi Don Winkler

    Great ! now if everyone did this we be waiting 3 more hours in Line!

    Great idea…but like the mail fragile sticker gets to mean nothing and crying wolf will get us all waiting Just sayin

  • http://cameraguyzack.blogspot.com/ Zack Jones

    As long as you lock your luggage with an TSA approved lock you won't have any problems. When I've traveled with a firearm in the past I had to keep it in a separate case. The difference probably being that I was traveling with a Glock 23 and not a starter pistol.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XKLRSV3CYVGEQTQQA6ZBAGNSUE Natural

    i did jury duty last year and a guy was picked up for having a starter gun and charged. he was a street seller. even though it doesn't shoot anything, you still need to get a license to carry. at least in nj.

  • Tz109

    that explains it right there, New Jersey is a smoldering hole in the earth and should be eliminated.