There is a legal way to transport an unloaded firearm when traveling by air. Basically, must be unloaded & in a TSA approved locked case & declared so they can tag it. But, you really need to read their rules for yourself. Also, something you must consider is the gun laws at your destination. A co-founder of the Tea Party was arrested for having an illegal firearm in his possession at the new york city airport. He's licensed to carry in his county in california & he'd followed the rules about it being unloaded & in an approved locked case, but when he declared it, as required, they arrested him because he wasn't permitted to have possession of a firearm in nyc!