POTD: Bullets at the Security Stations

I travel quite a bit. I always have. It’s mostly work. I’ve never been to Disney World. But I’ve been through every conceivable security screening you can imagine. Local, State, Federal, US Military, Foreign Military, Executive Branch, Diplomatic Facilities, Political events, Chucky-Cheese. You know, the usual.

And one thing that nobody ever forgets is being the goat and slowing everybody down. I’ve had co-workers screw up. I’ve had employees screw up. I had an old boss screw up. Hell…one time in Miami International THEY screwed up!

So in my never ending quest to not be The Goat, I’m always checking stupid places for stupid things. So I know what I can or cannot cross certain thresholds with. And this time, it paid off. Lookie-lookie-I-found-a-cookie.

I always check for stray items that TSA won't appreciate.

I always check for stray items that TSA won’t appreciate. Stray 38 Special Round found in WileyX Eye-Protection

This could have easily been tossed into gear on the wrong side of security and put a check in the “goat” column. Dodged that bullet. Again. This time a 158g 38 Special GECO round.

Be safe traveling this holiday season.

“Shooting Guns & Having Fun

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  • James Groce

    Accidentally had a spent 5.56 cartridge (from a recent 3-gun match) hidden in an inner part of a windbreaker a few years ago. Luckily, the windbreaker traveled in my suitcase and not my carry-on on our trip to Germany. Found the brass case while walking through a little town in Bavaria. Left it sitting on an outdoor cafe table. I bet that got some attention later on.

    • Ooooffff that could have been a call to an embassy. Glad to hear YOU found it.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  • Skyviking

    Now that I am semi-retired and no longer a 6(c) Federal Special Agent, I have a protocol that I follow when traveling with firearms and ammo. My suitcase and carry-on items are just that – for travel. They Never go anywhere else. (Range bags are for the range, No?) My (hard-sided)suitcase for airline travel has 2 small steel gunvaults securely fastened and tethered inside w/a steel cable, so the baggage monkeys will REALLY have to work hard and spend a lot of time to get it separated from the suitcase w/o destroying it. Ammunition for travel is Always 2-4 50-round factory boxes of ammo, which go into one of the gunvaults, and Unloaded pistols with unloaded magazines go into the other. Guns and ammo are then declared upon arrival at the airline ticket counter, forms filled out and affixed to the gunvault holding the guns inside the suitcase. Guns go off to TSA SCreening. Never had a problem.

    The alternative is FedExing the firearms to yourself, which is likely better security for long guns. The only thing is that you have to sign for the guns at your destination.