I agree, though you can just check a bag and put whatever you need in it. I carried my glock on a trip a few years ago. Its honestly a giant PITA though. The thing that surprised me was how the airline and TSA acted about it. I had to carry the gun in case to the counter and they tagged it and tossed it on the belt. Then when i picked it up they just tossed it on the baggage carousel to spin around a unsecured airport area. Anyone could have picked it up. Kinda crazy.
bunch of years ago, yet still post 9-11 i traveled with about 75 fellow soldiers on a cross country flight. we brought weapons with us (m-16's, 9mm's and a few others) and had them packed securely for checking them in onto the flight. we had inventory paperwork, letter from hq and anything else they needed to check them in. security threw a fit as did TSA that we wanted to check 100 weapons. now we had no ammo and all the bolts for the weapons were packed separately and actually carried with us as carry-on for safety. after a good bit of back and forth and many calls to many higher-ups on both sides, it was decided we could carry them onto the plane ourselves but we could not check them!!
my boss however (brigade cmdr), required us to wait for someone to bring us ammo so we could load them and make sure they were secure. WTF???
dumbest damn thing i have ever seen from the TSA. we were in uniform but can't imagine why they felt better with 75 armed soldiers that were locked and loaded, rather than just checking them onto the plane with all the safe guards we had in place.
the plane was late leaving as they waited for us to get the ammo and hand out all the weapons and such. should have seen the fun looks we got from the rest of the passengers when we all walked on ready for battle.
edit: best part of it was they still made us go through the metal detectors at security checkpoint. LAMO fkn morons