Max Power's Account of Flying with Firearms

Max Power
JetBlue tries to insst on TSA-compliant locks on a gun case. A well-informed passenger pushes back... and wins.


Travel Account

Luggage & Gear

Max had a Pelican 1600-series case with long shackle Abloy PL330 padlocks on each hasp.


Outbound Travel

The JetBlue reps working the check-in counter tried to assert that Max could not use his Abloy locks on the luggage. They tried to assert that TSA-compliant locks were required and insisted he go purchase some. Max pushed back and insisted the airline consult with the TSA. Everyone demurred on that point, but JetBlue insisted on affixing the following tag to the outside of his luggage......his bags were sent back to the CTX machine and JetBlue as well as the TSA told him not to wait. The luggage arrived on an oversize belt in Seattle.


Homebound Travel

Homebound travel was reportedly smooth.




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