Originally Posted by RiverValleyPaintball
Your best bet is to by a small pad lock and put it on the zipper for your gun. As for the paintballs, how do you think they ship them from China to here? By plane. You should be good if you throw them in, or you could also throw em in with ur tank, less hassle with the TSA.
they actually ship them by boat. do you know what it would cost to ship paintballs by air here from china?? in comparison a 30lb package costs about 115 bucks to ship by air from california to NYC. and yes cargo planes do NOT have their air pressure kept constant so things will expand and explode. i wouldnt ship balls via any method cuz UPS and Fed Ex arent carefuly with their packages. and fragile stickers dont work either. i would just buy paint when you get here.
also tanks need to be shipped with the regs removed for the same reason of pressure increasing inside the tank during flight. it also shows that its empty on the inside and doesnt contain a bomb (dont use that word at the airport btw, TSA guys do not have a sense of humor). if youre gonna fly with your tank, it would be wise to print out from the TSA website the spot about air cylinders being allowed on planes as long as they have the regs removed, and tape the rules onto your tank so you dont get the guy that only half read the rules and confiscates it cuz it looks like a bomb.
as for passing your bag through TSA inspection, they do need to get inside it, so they'd cut your lock. but they inspect it right in front of you so if someone takes your marker, put him in a headlock (actually, dont do that). you can attach locks to your bags after you pass through inspection.
and dont let anyone on the plane SEE the marker or other gear because they might think its a weapon and freak out.