Deviant Ollam's Account of Flying with Firearms

Deviant Ollam
A pelican case full of metal slows things down slightly, but not too badly.
MSO --> SLC --> MCO

MCO --> SLC --> MSO

Travel Account

Luggage & Gear

On this trip to run a training at SANS Orlando, I had my usual Pelican 1620 cases full of stuff, plus a pistol or two.


Outbound Travel

Mindy from Delta wanted to see my firearms as I was checking-in. One case popped on the CTX machine --again-- and after four minutes speaking with the TSO on the station, I finally learned what had been hanging me up frequently: a large stack of poker chips. I often organize friendly games in hotel rooms with associates when I travel, but the thick clay chips register in an odd way on the CTX machine (at least when they're in a long stack) and for that reason I started thinking about not transporting them, or switching to cheaper, plastic chips. (But those really don't feel as good in your hands, do they?)


Homebound Travel

There were considerable crowds in Orlando and Delaine Richards was rather rude to many of us who were trying to get checked in. She did not ask me to open any of the cases, even to insert the orange declaration form. After mixing up luggage tags with my neighbor and I, eventually Delaine got things sorted and we went to the CTX machine for "special luggage" which sits in the check-in hall at MCO. Down there is where I opened the cases and inserted the cards. Minutes later, a TSA screener, Mike Calderale, was doing swab tests and then asking to open a case of locks and hardware that I had with me. Three minutes later I was on my way.


Final Details & Thoughts

I've got to start shipping this Pelican case of locks to some classes, heh. I know there would be a cost, but it litterally alerts almost EVERY time I fly. It's a gigantic box of metal, heh.

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