I've got a couple of business trips in June and I would like to bring my trusty Shield with me, I've never flown with a firearm before. I know the basics.. check in the firearm, hard case with locks, unloaded, etc.. but has anyone done this recently? Advice? Anyone have a good case they recommend?
1860, last June I went on a hunting trip to CA by way of Reno. Our party of 4 hunters had 5 rifles and 3 pistols between us. My best advice is to READ all the regs, both the TSA as well as those for your specific airline; the airlines have regs in addition to, and sometimes different from, the TSA. Specifically, find out:
Can you pack ammo in the locked case w/ your pistol or does the ammo need to be packed away from the pistol?
How much ammo you can carry.
If the only gun you're carrying is the Shield, I would pack it in it's locked case, then pack the locked case inside one of your checked bags; if possible, secure the locked case to the inner hardware of your luggage w/ a piece of aircraft cable. Doing this should provide you an extra layer of security. Be very calm and low key during the check in process. The TSA rep will ask you to witness while he looks at your firearm. Arrive at the airport earlier than you usually would. Put an ID tag on the outside AND inside of your gun case. Be sure you have multiple keys for the locks, including one w/ whoever's traveling w/ you.
Finally, be aware of the laws of the state/town you're flying in to, especially how to legally transport a handgun in a vehicle. Most states are not as "gun friendly" in this regard as LA.
Good luck. I wish you safe travel.