I am packing to head home from a 10 day trip to the PNW and everytime I come here, I carry my little friend ....a Glock 35 since I have a non resident CCW here. To pass the transport regs for AA, I have to pack the firearm in a "lockable case" and place it in my checked bag. Well AA is anal and when you do check a firearm, they place the "Steal me sticker" on that bag. This harkens back to the old days on American where they would place a 12x12 inch bright red(florescent) sticker with big letters saying "Firearm Inside". Now at least they have downsized that to a smaller red tag saying "Special Handling". To top it off only luggage with firearms inside carry this tag. So again "Steal me". The next thing most all airlines and TSA require is that no magazine maybe charged with ammo and all ammo must be in the mfg orig box. Really, WTF does it matter if the mags are full since its in a locked case, inside a locked checked bag in the belly of the plane? Ammo must be in the original box? What purpose does that serve..????? Anyway I digress... So to be safe in the loony land of liberals and Yard Darts, I dutifully follow the rules, so my baby comes with. Ok now for the "Steal me deterrent" . I use a small "pelican type hard case" large enough for 2 full sized pistols, 2 boxes of ammo and 4 or more magazines. The case has "lock ears" on the corners so that I can put the supper tuff Master "long shanked" locks on it. But I take is a step farther, I use a super tuff Master cable lock that I then run through/behind the metal stowable carry handle that can be accessed under the zippered lining. I run the cable lock under/behind this ridged metal frame and then before I lock the locks on the hard case, i run the cable lock through/ inside each of the Master lock shanks. This way the hard case is lock per the rules but it is also chained to the suitcase frame with the cable lock. Its not theft proof, but you would have to really work to remove the hard case with the weapons. My goal is to set up a series of barriers that would take time and delay any baggage handler and make them look for a simpler target. I also have the required TSA lock on the luggage. This is the small combination lock with the "key" access in it to allow a TSA agent to unlock the bag. Problem with these locks are most all crooked baggage handler that target bags already have a set of these. But again its part of the layered system to make someone think twice about going after your bag. My next layer of security is after TSA is finished "sniffing/wiping" the bag and replacing the TSA lock on it, I then take a small 4 inch long colored "zip tie" and run it through the zippers where the TSA lock is after they inspect it. Once this is complete they take possession of the bag from that point forward. This way when I get to my arrival airport and retrieve my bag, if the zip tie is missing I know someone has been in the bag. If it is TSA they normally place a 4x8 card saying "hey there, TSA here, we opened your bag......." I still check the case. If there is no Hey TSA here card, I proceed to the airline luggage desk and inform them the seal on the bag indicates an entry was made int the bag and I want them to witness me unpack as I look for missing stuff. When I travel especially to the Pacific NorthWest, My checked bag contains Pistol, ammo and magazines MSR Wisperlite stove and empty fuel bottle Small cook kit North American Rescue IFAK TORK Tactical Operator Response Kit - TORK - Combat Casualty Response Kits - Military Minor surgical kit, Israeli bandages, extra QuickClot gauze Standard First aide kit Survival pouch with fire starters, signal mirror and other goodies Larger Gerber LHR fighting knife and leg holder LHR Serrated w/ Sheath SweatWater water filter, bug kill pills etc, 3 empty water bladders Benchmade Mutt Tool Benchmade Adamas Auto knife Leatherman multitool And other stuff. So even if the gun is still there there is well over $1500 of other survival kit I pack just in case the Cascadia fault lets lose and I am forced to hump my shit. Its quite a production, but I feel this kit and these deterrents will help to ensure I have my gear when I arrive.