Account of Flying with Firearms

Deviant Ollam
A series of trips about as smooth as could ever be desired.
MSO --> MSP
2016-05-16


MSP --> PHL
2016-05-17


PHL --> SLC --> MSO
2016-05-25


Luggage & Gear
On this trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul I packed light. Just one Pelican case. After speaking at Secure360 I flew back to Philly and visited family for a while.

 

First Leg
E Katarina was super fast at MSO. The TSA wanted to open my case since their CTX machine saw my laptop within. All pretty painless.

 

Second Leg
Ruth D gave me a little pushback over whether I had a "hard shelled" case for my pistol. I explained that the luggage itself was the hard-shelled case. A nice woman from AirServ escorted me to the oversize room where I got to watch the Pelican go through the Reveal CTX machine. The scan was clean and I was on my way.

 

Third Leg
Jemima H in Philadelphia wanted me to rack my pistol and show it as clear right there in the check-in hall. As with all other legs of this trip, there was a wonderfully-located TSA screening area, right there in the lobby. The Pelican alerted but after a three minute delay (during which they had me open it and swabbed my laptop) I was all set.

 

Final Details & Thoughts
This was a series of trips about as smooth as could ever be desired. I love when the TSA screening stations are right there in the check-in hall and you can observe what's happening and interact with the TSA directly if there are any questions.

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