I would definitely not use a TSA lock. Never let the case be opened in your absence.Tip: use the TSA locks so they can open it up and inspect it. Because they will. Also bring a couple spare locks because sometimes they forget to put the lock back on.
(happened to me on a connecting flight once.)
TSA regulations on traveling with firearmsTSA said:Only the passenger should retain the key or combination to the lock unless TSA personnel request the key to open the firearm container to ensure compliance with TSA regulations. You may use any brand or type of lock to secure your firearm case, including TSA-recognized locks.
You would never let the case be opened in your absence?
I make all the declarations at the check-in counter, unlock for airport staff to examine the contents, lock the case, and ensure that the proper post-inspection markings are placed on the outside of the case so that all other airport personnel can see from the outside that it was already opened by their own people. I lock the case before they put it on the belt or otherwise take over custodianship of it. If security pages me in the terminal, I accompany the case for secondary inspection, never giving anyone the keys or combination.You would never let the case be opened in your absence?
Please educate me as to how this is possible. Especially on an international flight.
Not being sarcastic. I don't like people going thru my shit. But it happens.
I'm not at all surprised. I found one of those when I flew back from Oahu with empty 10-rd magazines, but not when I flew with ammo to Anchorage. Nobody should be shocked about inconsistency within TSA procedures.in reply to cast gold. Everything you say is true and I agree with you. With all respect mistakes do happen especially when the govt. contracts out it's security.
I offer the following as my personal experience, Thanks for the discussion, I feel like I have learned from you.