Account of Flying with Firearms

Deviant Ollam
Montana... always easy.
MSO --> ORD --> PHL

Luggage & Gear
Flying back east from Montana, I had my usual couple Pelican cases with Abloy PL330 locks. I'm rather certain that my firearms on this trip were a Walther PPS and a 1911, but I'm behind on writing up my notes so I"m really not sure. All in all, this was a super easy process so details are minimal.


Carlos C checked me in and within 2 minutes I was over at the TSA screening area where TSO Sipe was running my cases through the CTX machine. There were many folk traveling with firearms that day and the TSA took a quick look inside of one Peli case. All in all I was done in 7 minutes total.


Final Details & Thoughts
The screeners in Missoula, Montana's little airport are terrific. I watched as they meticulously re-wrapped someone's huckleberry syrup in their luggage during an inspection and thought that was very nice. The fact that they do their job out in the main check-in hall helps this rapport with customers, etc.


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