The kids were to fly back to college on Saturday afternoon...Snazzy with her two shotguns and Al B with his shotgun. We went to Bradley (Hartford, CT) in a snowstorm where we checked their bags and two gun cases in at the Southwest counter. No issues or questions. Went thru security and 30 minutes later get the call that their flight is delayed which means they will miss their connection. They get their flight changed to Sunday am and the lady at the Southwest counter radios the description of their bags and gun cases to baggage and they are waiting for them in baggage 5 minutes later.
Sunday we repeat the process in Hartford. No issues. They fly to BWI (Baltimore) but they have an 8 hour lay over and must claim their bags and gun cases then re-check them in at the counter and go thru security. SW rep tells them that they can't check bags sooner than 4 hours before their flight so they will put their bags and guns on an earlier flight to St. Louis via Atlanta. Snazzy grilled the agent who swore they would be in St. Louis at the security office waiting for them. They were there. So far Southwest has yet to let us down. Southwest has never batted an eye whether we are checking in one over/under in a pelican or 8 cowboy guns in our Americase.
As a side note, we never fly with ammo. If we are shooting cowboy we ship it and if the kids are traveling to a clay target match with their college team, the coaches buy it at the match.