Account of Flying with Firearms

Deviant Ollam
I like visiting Hawaii but I could never live in Hawaii.
SEA --> HNL
2016-07-11


HNL --> SEA
2016-07-18


Luggage & Gear
On this trip to present at ShakaCon, Tarah and I had a total of three Pelican cases, all with assorted firearms and Abloy locks. At least one firearm was an old Geco 26.5mm flare pistol, which I planned to show to some associates at a gun rangein Honolulu, since it also has an adapter to convert it to .410 / .45LC. These used to be quite popular with boaters in the Carribean, where you may put in at a port that bans firearms but you still want to be able to defend your craft out at sea.

 

Outbound Travel
Karen from Delta had us checked in very quickly that morning and the TSA performed a swab test, clearing us minutes later. Very nice, no need to open, as is the norm in Seattle. A perfect experience.

 

Homebound Travel
Ramona was a little fussy while checking us in for our return from Hawaii. A third-party contract worker, Mr. Punonuni, took our luggage away on a cart. Eleven minutes later, when I asked about the status of our guns, it was revealed that they needed the key to our locks. Mr. Punonuni took the key and we walked back with him to a large roll-up door (door DHX-0G-20) which he opened using his badge. I could see into the luggage handling area where cases were screened, but I didn't witness my own cases being opened. Four minutes later, Mr. Punonuni returned my key but couldn't tell me anything about the screening process or the names of who handled my belongings. :-/

 

Final Details & Thoughts
I like visiting Hawaii but I could never live in Hawaii.

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