Deviant Ollam's 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



Travel Account

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
  

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