JWR, Hugh, and SurvivalBlog Readers,
As an avid proponent and practitioner of concealed carry, I responded with mixed emotions when my wife informed me that her latest business trip would require us to travel to one of the most progressive-liberal enclaves in the state of Florida: South Beach, Miami, second home of the Kardashians. Unable to procure a last-minute and long-term kennel to board our dogs for an extended road trip, flying was the only choice. The airline provided by her company for our trip: the NRA-bashing Delta Airlines.
Unable to remember the last time I was without my concealed carry pistol, or at the very least one in my vehicle, you can imagine my concern. After watching some videos on YouTube and reading several articles on the Internet, I decided to take the plunge and carry one of my pistols with me. I know people fly with firearms all the time, but this would be my first time and being me, I automatically assumed the worst.
Despite my paranoia and fear, I’m happy to report that the whole process was amazingly simple. Upon arrival at my local regional airport, I told the nice lady that I had a firearm to declare. I signed the provided form and performed a simple press check to show that my Ruger LC9s was clear. I packed all the magazines empty and included one box of factory-fresh, sealed ammo, then I tossed the card inside the hard case, locked it with a TSA approved lock, returned it to my suitcase, zip-tied the zippers and away I went.
Upon arrival at Miami International airport, the Delta baggage agent placed several large zip ties around the length of my suitcase. Once I provided my driver’s license and carry permit, I was on my way. The return flight was just as easy. Due to a line at the ticket counter that was some sixty people in length, the agent had me sign the “Firearms Unloaded” form and toss it into my large suitcase; no “show clear” required.
“A Right not exercised is soon lost…” If flying is the only way you can travel, please don’t be intimidated into going unarmed if you feel the need to do so. Be aware of the laws in the area of your destination and by all means exercise your 2nd amendment rights without fear.