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Federal regulations require that all firearms are to be transported in checked baggage only. 
Bringing loaded or unloaded firearms to the screening area is a federal crime.

US Airways
General Check-In Procedures

1.  Complete the self check-in process and select the number of bags you are checking and obtain your boarding passes. (Or check-in with the ticket agent and declare at this point).

2.  Wait for the ticket agent to call you to weigh and tag your baggage.

3.  Give the agent your ID and tickets so they can verify information.

4.  At this point you need to declare to the agent/airline your intent to carry a firearm by simply stating "I also need to declare a firearm."

5.  You will be asked to present the case to the agent to verify its packed properly and unloaded.

6.  The agent will hand you a white Firearms Declaration card which you must sign and place in the case.   This card is simply affirming to the airline that the weapon is unloaded.   It is also informs TSA (should they inspect the case) that you have declared the weapon to the airline in accordance with federal regulations.

7.  Once signed, place the card in the case and lock the case and return to your baggage.

8.  Follow the agents instructions on where to take the bag.  Flying out of Little Rock it is the passengers responsibility to take the bags to a TSA station.   Inform the TSA agent that you have a firearm in your luggage.   They will ask to wait at the station until the bags clear their inspection.   This generally only takes a few moments.  You are asked to wait in case they need to open the case for further inspection; in which case they would need to obtain the keys from you.

Some airports have ticket agents take the bags and put on a  conveyor belt to a remote TSA inspection area.   If this is the case, the airline and TSA will attempt to reach you by paging you, etc. if they require your keys to further inspect the case.   (This has never happened to me in my many flights).

Front of Declaration Card

Back of Declaration Card

Other Notes

  • There is no additional fee to carry a firearm in your luggage.  (Other than the checked bag fee).
  • There is no limit to the number of items contained in rifle, shotgun or pistol case, up to 50 lbs/23 kg, 62 in/157 cm in maximum.
  • Handguns may be packed in a locked hard–sided gun case, and then packed inside an unlocked soft–sided piece of luggage. However, a Conditional Acceptance Tag must be used in this case.
  • NEW - TSA locks are NO LONGER APPROVED to lock cases.

Ammo Requirements

  • Ensure small arms ammunition is packed in the manufacturer's original package or securely packed in fiber, wood, plastic or metal boxes and provide separation for cartridges
  • Ammunition in excess of 11 lbs. per passenger or that contains potential projectiles is not allowed.

Example of Met Requirements

Make sure your case cannot easily be pried open on either end (TSA regulations).
I'd advise purchasing/modifying a case that has two locks.

I drilled another hole in the case handle to accommodate another lock to meet
federal regulations.

US Airways Official Policy can be read here:

TSA Regulations which are mandatory on any airline:

Little Rock National

Declare firearms to the US Airways agent and drop off at the designated TSA area.  You must declare the firearms to the TSA rep and wait until your bags are cleared before heading to Security.

Tampa International

Declare  your firearm(s) to the US Airways agent.   The ticket agent will then ask you to go to the right end of the counter, near the brick wall, where the "Oversized Baggage" area is located.   They'll carry y your bags over and you'll have to wait there until the TSA agents clear your luggage.  

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