Quick question on checking and then claiming a gun case containing a sniper rifle and ammo when traveling by air.
Setting is 2003-2004, America, and the man checking and claiming the rifle case is a fully accredited FBI sniper (Ian Edgerton from Numb3rs). I am assuming he does not have a Law Enforcement Officers Flying Armed certificate or equivalent, so he could not take it as a carry-on even if he wanted to.
The case will meet all standards set by the TSA
for transporting guns as luggage; hard-sided case, securely locked, he has a key to give to TSA while the case is checked (after which he reclaims the key), only a small amount of ammo packed securely and completely enclosed, rifle is unloaded, will in no way be marked to indicate it contains firearms, etc.
What I need is a quick walk-through. Starting at the check-in counter, he would declare the gun, and...? Would TSA be called to the counter? Would he have to take the case to a special area for inspection? Would the ticket agent take the case and then he would meet TSA agents (who would have the case) elsewhere? What paperwork would he need to fill out (titles or general descriptions)?
On the other end, what steps would he need to take when picking up the case? Somehow I can't quite believe that it would come down with all the other checked baggage - does he need to go provide ID to claim it, and where/from who would he receive it?ETA:
This is a domestic flight, from LA to DC, so there are no international issues.ETA 2
: Walk-through verification and additional sub-question posted to ask_a_cop here