The Do’s and Don’ts of air travel with long rifles

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - It's hunting season in some parts of the country and holiday travel is right around the corner, the Transportation Security Administration wants you to pay close attention when traveling with long rifles.

"The simple equation is more people carrying plus more people traveling equals more guns at airports," said TSA Regional Spokesperson, Mark Howell.

The ticketing area is the last place you should see your firearm, according to the TSA. Depending on what gun you travel with, the requirements change.

For example, with a long rifle, the case is imperative.

"They'll usually have multiple spaces for locks," said Howell.  "When you're going to lock the box you want to make sure that you hit each of those spaces with a lock. In other words, you don't want to be able to get your hand on the inside of the box, if you're just locking one of them."

When checking your firearm in at ticketing, make sure the staff knows who it belongs to.

"Put your business card on the outside of the box," said Howell. "

If you don't have a business card, a piece of duck tape or something with your name and phone number on the outside of the box."

Finally, when you've reached your destination and are waiting for your firearm, don't be surprised if you don't see it on the conveyor belt.

"If you're carrying a rifle case, kinda of the same thing, it's going to come out in over sized baggage because it's a little bit misshaped," said Howell.

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