Deviant Ollam 's Account of Flying with Firearms

Deviant Ollam
You'd think a Supervisory TSO would know how to clear an alert when one comes up.

Travel Account

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.



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

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