Account of Flying with Firearms

Deviant Ollam
Yet another example of why we need to press for all firearms to screened at TSA oversize/special areas where the passenger can be right there in front of them while it happens.
MSO --> MSP --> MCO
2016-04-02


MCO --> SLC --> MSO
2016-04-07


Luggage & Gear
The same as ever, a couple Pelican cases (two large and one smaller) and a few handguns so I can lock things up with Abloy PL330 padlocks.

 

Outbound Travel
Ronald was busy but fast at the Delta desk, getting me checked-in right away. All my cases alerted at the TSA. TSOs Wong and Sebra cleared things and the whole process didn't take more than seven minutes from curb to clear. That's what happens when you check-in for a flight at 04:30 in the early early morning hours, heh.

 

Homebound Travel
My flight home was just as early as my outbound. Just after 5AM I was at the Orlando counter. Jimie had to charge me for my 4th bag (I acquired an additional case of gear during our running of a contest and demo area at a trade show, which was coming home with me) ... Sadly, the cases weren't processed in the check-in hall screening area (it was too early) but instead were sent down on the belt. James from Delta wouldn't call my gate (where my flight was scheduled to board soon) but after 15 minutes of waiting for word from the TSA James called down to them and we learned I was good to go. I made my flight.

 

Final Details & Thoughts
Yet another example of why we need to press for all firearms to screened at TSA oversize/special areas where the passenger can be right there in front of them while it happens.

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 irreparable 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