Use the TSA to your advantage....
* i am just passing this along..i have not tried this.........although it is an interesting premise!http://lifehacker.com/5448014/pack-a-gun-to-protect-valuables-from-airline-theft-or-loss
A photographer wrote this:
I have a starter pistol for all my cases. All I have to do upon check-in is tell the airline ticket agent that I have a weapon to declare...I'm given a little card to sign, the card is put in the case, the case is given to a TSA official who takes my key and locks the case, and gives my key back to me.
That's the procedure. The case is extra-tracked...TSA does not want to lose a weapons case. This reduces the chance of the case being lost to virtually zero.
It's a great way to travel with camera gear...I've been doing this since Dec 2001 and have had no problems whatsoever.
and a starter pistol is only 20 bucks or so and you do not need any sort of permit.....then the TSA wants to make certain that a bag that has a weapon
in it does not disappear!