Deviant Ollam's Account of Flying with Firearms

Deviant Ollam
Seattle and Missoula are both terriric airports for flying with fiarearms.
MSO --> SLC --> SEA

SEA --> SLC --> MSO

Travel Account

Luggage & Gear

For this trip to Seattle where I run the LockFest conference, I had three Pelican cases of varying sizes. One was my now-well-known "Road Cooking Case" described in this talk.


Outbound Travel

Antonio from Delta had me checked in pretty quickly, gun cases and all. One alerted at TSA screening and TSO Timothy Donovan proceeded to paw through all of my chef suppiles. It was the oil in my road cooking case. Ah well, all was cleared within 14 minutes of my having entered the airport.


Homebound Travel

Aki from Delta checked me in in under 5 minutes. Seattle does an awesome thing with firearms, having folk go to the "oversize" screening area which is a large, roll-top door down toward the end of the check-in hall (past United, Iceland Air, etc). The TSA only swabbed the cases and I was hitting the sky.


Final Details & Thoughts

Seattle and Missoula are both terriric airports for flying with fiarearms.

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