Are New TSA Firearms Regulations Afoot?

By John Farnam

Airport Airline Plane Passangers
I am courteous and polite, but neutral and boring. No loud colors. No flashy jewelry. No sunglasses. No smart-ass remarks. No “messages” on t-shirts. Pretty unremarkable. Few airline employees remember me and you can’t pick me out in the crowd!

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Ft Collins, CO –-( New TSA Baggage Regulation?

I’m flying out of DEN this morning on SW. In my checked baggage, I have my usual complement of my M4 and two pistols, with fully-charged magazines for all.

I have been hearing from students that, upon checking baggage, airlines now wrap all checked luggage containing guns with plastic tape, which must be cut off when baggage is reclaimed.

However, this morning SW was doing nothing like that, and I checked my bags through as I always do.

Of course, I asked no questions!

So, this “taping” policy is obviously nothing dictated by TSA. Some airlines are apparently doing it voluntarily, namely Delta and now American, and I’m not sure even they do it at all airports.

AWOL (XL) Duffle Bag
AWOL (XL) Duffle Bag

Once again, guns in checked baggage must be “declared” to the airline upon check-in and, of course, unloaded. They also must be within hard, locked containers. Ammunition, within magazines or in factory boxes, does not need to be declared, nor even mentioned.

I fly with my M4 rifle broken-down and within a hard case, and the hard case within a roller-duffel. Pistols are likewise within a hard case (SIG shipping containers are best) and inside a plain-looking AWOL bag.

So, no “gun cases” are visible when I fly.

I am courteous and polite, but neutral and boring. No loud colors. No flashy jewelry. No sunglasses. No smart-ass remarks. No “messages” on t-shirts. Pretty unremarkable. Few airline employees remember me!

I’m pleasant, but not chatty. I don’t volunteer information, and I don’t answer questions that weren’t asked!

That MO has worked for me for the past several decades, and it worked as usual this morning.

Flying commercially still makes many anxious, and that is understandable. I can’t say that I find flying “enjoyable,” but it gets me where I need to be quickly, so I do my part in making it as painless as possible.

“Ahead of you in your immediate future lurks a ‘surprise,’ something you haven’t foreseen, nor planned for, that will significantly affect your day. From an infuriatingly slow freight-train blocking the road ahead, to runny egg yokes at breakfast, it will represent an unanticipated, unpleasant, unwelcome frustration. Will you take a breath, roll with the punch, and use your flexibility, consciousness, and awareness to keep from making a bad situation worse? Or, will you lose it, yank out a metaphorical pistol and, in your ill-humor, promptly shoot yourself in the knee?” ~ John Vorhaus


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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So, you were the fat guy in the green shirt, right? Right? Sorry, I couldn’t resist.


Very good, OS….;)

At first he seemed to be so “unremarkable….;)

Butt, now under further review, methinks the girl standing in the 2nd row, with the PINK BUTT is the spy…;)))


Nah.. its the clean cut dweeb trying to appear to be studyiing his cell phone, he’s wearing a RED jacket and leaning against one of the columns, back centre of the field of view. HE’s the one…….


Okay, so I read this article this morning entitled, Are New TA Regulations Afoot?”

But, still have no idea if they are or not?

Move along, nothing to see here…;(

Jim S

Yep, good story but nothing to do with the title.