I was out in Minnesota ....went by motorcycle...got sick and had to fly home. I had my father drop me off at the airport two hours early as I had to check in luggage with a .45 in it. I figured that that would take a while.
I advised the lady at the counter that it was in my bag and she asked if it was in a locked container. YES "Do you have a declaration form in there with it?" NO She handed me a little bright orange tag that had room for my signature and the date. Basically it stated that this was an unloaded firearm and that I was the owner. I put that form into the locked box and she escorted me to the TSA who proceeded to run my bag through the x-ray machine. What's next I asked. "NOTHING...have a nice flight!" they replied.
What a painless proceedure....as it should be.
Three changes of planes later I was home and my firearm was right where I left it...in the luggage.
Good going TSA!!!!!