Account of Flying with Firearms

Deviant Ollam
A west coast jump was easy, even with tons of luggage.
PHL --> ORD --> SFO

SFO --> DEN --> MSO

Luggage & Gear
This was a bit of travel to the Bay Area for an epic physical security and combative training that CORE ran. We had tons of luggage, multiple Pelican cases, all with a wide assortment of gear and arms. Of course, Abloy locks were on all the cases.


Outbound Travel
Clarence Mosley from United was checking me in at PHL and no one from Prime Flight (the 3rd party contractors who sling the bags) seemed to be around. Clarence was dealing with wall-to-wall goofballs at his counter (a woman who had lost her ID, two passengers attempting to fly to Chicago after the window of time to check bags had closed, etc) when I eventually spotted Christopher from Prime Flight.

He helped me to check in and I got all my bags back. Six minutes later I learned they needed the key for a padlock on a very small case, which was odd given that hardly anything in it would have aroused suspicion. I waited around and got to speak with the architects who were designing a new check-in hall area. More nutty passengers came and went... a Japanese man attempting to fly to Chicago with a fouled-up booking, two hippie-looking girls trying to check in for their flight to San Francisco massively too late, etc.

After a brief delay, I was handed back my key. All was well. I was on my way.


Homebound Travel
I neglected to take notes on my flight home from San Francisco. I missed the family and just wanted to be back in Montana.


Final Details & Thoughts
This travel with United was smooth, and I'll be sad to not see much of PHL and their staff when I leave the East coast for a while.


Air Travel Ratings
If you don't have the time or the desire to read the full text of someone's account of air travel, you can simply refer to the rating shown at the conclusion of each portion of that person's journey. The following criteria are used in assigning these ratings...

Four Stars

check-in - no hassle, no delay
screening - in full view, lock and unlock yourself
luggage - all on time and intact

Three Stars
check-in - some delay or mild hassle
screening - somewhat obscured, locking and unlocking yourself or it's done directly in front of you
luggage - all on time and intact

Two Stars
check-in - major delay or major hassle
screening - in a room or area that you could not enter and could barely observe
luggage - luggage opened non-destructively

One Star
check-in - flight missed or passenger delayed from flying, properly packed items denied as luggage
screening - luggage unlocked and opened totally in another area fully removed from you
luggage - destructive entry into luggage and/or tampering with firearms

Zero Stars
This is a special category for outright theft, loss, or damage of firearms during air travel
half-star results are possible... naturally, they involve partial or mitigated problems that somehow fall in-between the above categories