I have been asked by many of my friends that are looking to get their CCW how easy is it to travel by air with your firearm. Every time that I fly within Conus, I travel with my sidearm. All I do is declare my weapon at the ticket/baggage check-in desk. They ask you to open the case to show my pistol to ensure that it is not loaded and insert an inspection slip to show that it has been checked. I install the required two (2) locks on the gun case and put it in my checked baggage. (I usually put my ammo in a ziplock bag and store in the same case as my pistol). Once I arrive at my destination, I get my luggage and verify that my weapon is still there. When I get to my rental car I "suit up" and go on my way. Of course, you have to make sure that you know and abide by the gun/carry laws of the state where you are in, but is is just that simple to travel by air with your firearm. This also applies to most long weapons. I have yet to have any problems traveling in this manner. Also another note: I always print out the latest version of laws for the states that I travel to.