|"Just a note to let you know that we coonfingered your gats. Love, TSA."|
TSA procedures at a lot of smaller airports I've flown out of (IND, MHT, ABQ, RDM) differed from their publicly posted procedures in that rather than having a place where you do the perp walk with your gun case to a waiting TSA agent who does the swab routine there in front of you, they instead ask you to loiter somewhere around the security area while they decide if they need your luggage keys or not. If they do, they come fetch your key and inspect the bag out of your sight.
This differed with the policy previously on their webpage, and apparently enough people were willing to miss their flights and argue about it that the TSA fixed the discrepancy by changing the published policy.
For some reason, my gun case has been opened every. single. time. I've flown out of IND*. Never anywhere else. Well, they did it at RDM, too, after the Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun last year, but that little airport probably ran out of explosives swabs that day with all the range bags and Pelicans getting checked through.
*Not that anybody at Indy has ever made a big deal out of it, except to wish me luck at the 3 Gun match or tell me that they had a gun just like mine and did I like that orange front sight? How much did it cost? Where'd you get it?