Account of Flying with Firearms

Deviant Ollam
Quick and Simple as always.

Luggage & Gear
Pelican cases and Abloy locks... what else is new?


Outbound Travel
I had a blazing fast check-in just after 6 AM at the United counter. Three minutes later, i was with the TSA... being asked if i had any bear spray in my luggage. That was amusing. I was cleared easily. So was the fellow after me who had a jar of pickels, apparently. No need to open any cases.


Homebound Travel
No homebound notes on this one, for some reason.


Final Details & Thoughts
Missoula is a tiny town and that introduces plenty of problems with travel... but the TSA process is nice, indeed.

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