So, as some of you may have read in my other post (where I was asking about travelling with a firearm), I flew from SLC to KC, MO a couple weeks ago.
Anyways, on to the story. I was flying Delta, and when I declared my firearm, they didn't check to see if it was loaded (probably a result of that skycap shooting himself), they just had me sign a card "stating that it was unloaded", and had me lock the gun in the case with the card. I thought I was done, but nope...
They took me over to a TSA agent, to swab everything in my suitcase down for explosives testing. It looked like everyone who declared firearms was having to do this. Anyways, when I was waiting to get my stuff all swabbed and tested, there was a poor guy in front of me who ended up missing his flight because the TSA agent spent over half an hour swabbing down his stuff, opening up his gun case, ammo case, swabbing every individual peice of clothing, and searching everything, etc... Because some of his dirty clothing tested positive for explosive residue (I think he was out here to go hunting and shooting). Who woulda thought
Anyways, the guy had his handgun in what looked like a Glock hard factory case, but the TSA agent said that won't cut it, because there needs to be locks on both sides of the case (he claimed that since their weren't locks on both sides, someone could pry it open). So, he ended up putting it in his buddy's rifle case.
Anyways, after 30 minutes of waiting, it was finally my turn, and the TSA agent went through and swabbed my stuff, which only took about 10 minutes, since I didn't set off the explosives tester...
When I was flying back from Kansas City, I didn't have to go through any of that stuff, I just said "I need to declare some firearms," the lady gave me the slip, had me put it in the case, and I was good to go.
From what I've read here in the past, SLC was supposed to be one of the best and easiest airports when it came to declaring firearms... Has this changed? It seemed like every single person who declared a firearm had to go through this explosive testing.
Anyways, just wanted to let y'all know to make sure you get there extra early if you have to check a firearm. I got there an 1 1/2 hours before my flight and barely made it (45 minutes to check firearm & 40 minutes in security line).
Oh, on a side note, the AZ permit came in handy since I spent most of the week in Kansas (never thought I would be going there).