Account of Flying with Firearms

Deviant Ollam
You'd think a Supervisory TSO would know how to clear an alert when one comes up.
MSO --> SEA
2016-03-08


Luggage & Gear
I'm not a traveler on Alaska Airlines as frequently as on Delta, but this flight was smooth enough. One of my Pelican cases was overweight but the counter agent waived fees since I have Gold 75K Status with them. They couldn't figure out a way to have my Known Traveler Number work properly to give me Pre-Check, but at least the luggage was all tagged smoothly.

 

Travel
In Missoula the TSA screening area is right there in the check-in hall. Unfortunately, one of my cases alerted on the CTX imager. The STSO on duty (by the name of Sipe) didn't seem to know what to do. They stared pawing through a book of procedures, mumbling, "the passenger can't touch the bags, and I can't touch the firearm." Five minutes into the process, STSO Sipe had focused on a specific page of the manual but she moved the document away from the counter when I asked what was happenning. Three minutes later a manager, Luis Marrero, came out. Nearly 15 minutes since I had first approached the TSA, everything was all cleared.

 

Final Details & Thoughts
You'd think a Supervisory TSO would know how to clear an alert when one comes up.

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
  

wheels up - luggage screened directly in front of you; you were certain the firearms cleared
wheels down - luggage arrived promptly and undisturbed


Three Stars
  
wheels up - luggage screened relatively near you you; you were fairly sure the firearms cleared
wheels down - luggage arrived with little delay but possibly bearing zip ties or other nonsense

Two Stars
  
wheels up - luggage screened somewhere totally removed from you; only indirect assurances that your firearms cleared
wheels down - luggage was very slow to arrive and/or you had some difficult interactions with airline staff

One Star
  
wheels up - luggage screened somewhere totally removed from you; no one could assure you that your firearms cleared
wheels down - luggage was misrouted or mishandled and had to be delivered to you later

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