Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Guns keep your stuff safe - especially on airplanes

One reason to own firearms is so that your stuff doesn't get stolen.  So what about when you fly?  What protects your stuff there?

Your guns.

Via Billy Ockham, we find this very interesting talk (from a security conference, no less) on how to check your guns with the airlines in a way that neither the Airline nor the TSA can get access to the locked container.  Of course, you've cleverly sized the container so that your valuable stuff rides along with the gun.

Deviant Ollam - Packing & The Friendly Skies from Deviant Ollam on Vimeo.

Language warning - there's the usual sort of mild profanity commonly heard at the less "corporate" security conferences.

A lot of folks already knew this, but the talk is particularly informative and entertaining.  It's also a window into the security culture that I swim in - there's quite a strong focus on risk analysis and technical mitigations, as well as a quite obvious pleasure in using "The Man's" rules to your advantage.



Duke said...

A little long but excellent info, I especially like the tip about carrying a prepaid mailing envelope for unexpected things.

Heartless Libertarain said...

I don't have 53 minutes to watch the video, but one other thing, if you really want your stuff to be secure - you need a case, probably of the hard-shell variety, that actually latches closed.

There's a video out there on youtube that shows how a zipper-closure suitcase can be opened with nothing more than a Bic pen, even if the zipper pulls are locked together, and then closed back up so you'll never know it was opened, except your stuff is missing.

Alan said...

I've done this for years. My lockable hard sided gun case is a suitcase size Pelican 1560.

Works great.

elmo iscariot said...

I can't view the video here, so apologies if I'm repeating anything. But I recall this advice going around photographers' forums a while back. they recommended buying a cheap starter pistol, which is less likely to cause problems while travelling internationally or to unfree US states, but is still considered a firearm for TSA purposes.