Deviant Ollam's Account of Flying with Firearms

Deviant Ollam
A series of trips about as smooth as could ever be desired.


PHL --> SLC --> MSO

Travel Account

Luggage & Gear

On this trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul I packed light. Just one Pelican case. After speaking at Secure360 I flew back to Philly and visited family for a while.


First Leg

E Katarina was super fast at MSO. The TSA wanted to open my case since their CTX machine saw my laptop within. All pretty painless.


Second Leg

Ruth D gave me a little pushback over whether I had a "hard shelled" case for my pistol. I explained that the luggage itself was the hard-shelled case. A nice woman from AirServ escorted me to the oversize room where I got to watch the Pelican go through the Reveal CTX machine. The scan was clean and I was on my way.


Third Leg

Jemima H in Philadelphia wanted me to rack my pistol and show it as clear right there in the check-in hall. As with all other legs of this trip, there was a wonderfully-located TSA screening area, right there in the lobby. The Pelican alerted but after a three minute delay (during which they had me open it and swabbed my laptop) I was all set.


Final Details & Thoughts

This was a series of trips about as smooth as could ever be desired. I love when the TSA screening stations are right there in the check-in hall and you can observe what's happening and interact with the TSA directly if there are any questions.

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