Originally Posted by mndoggie
TSA and airline. Southwest said it was a SOP for TSA. I just spoke with 2 TSA supervisors and they are review camera footage of where I passed the bag through inspection. They are looking into pulling the bag and having it checked. I board shortly so I will see what happens. TSA said they shouldn't have taken the keys and they would have come and got me if there was an issue.
FYI that is SOP for Southwest at some terminals. At least it was the last time I flew with them. TSA rules are supposed to be the same everywhere. However, that is not always true. I have found the rules vary with the respective terminals, which I imagine is due to the TSA Supervisor in charge for that terminal. In some terminals checked baggage containing firearms is delivered to baggage pickup and you need to show identification. In some it comes out with the regular baggage. American delivers it to lost and found. Air France hand carries your gun case to the plane, and hand delivers it to you on arrival. Some airlines allow ammunition in the gun case, and some don't. As stated above read the rules for TSA, the airline, and the terminal for your departure/arrival if any. Once you learn all of the rules, some of them will be changed before your next trip. Be flexible.