Did you know that you can take firearms when you fly? Well, there is a right way and a wrong way.

The National Transportation Safety Board says they often find improperly packed and unchecked firearms being carried by airline passengers.

The worst thing you can do is to forget to secure your gun and let the airline and screeners know ahead of time, according to TWA Spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

She says guns should be unloaded and packed in a hard-side case that locks. Ammunition also needs to be in its original box or it will be confiscated and you'll have to buy ammunition at your destination.

You should also have all your permits ready after you check your weapon. Some jurisdictions will only ticket you for improperly secured firearms.

But you could get arrested and that is one way to ruin your vacation in a hurry. Violations can result in prosecution and civil penalties up to $11,000 per violation. YIKES!!

[via National Transportation Board/TWA]