Deviant Ollam's Account of Flying with Firearms

Deviant Ollam
I like visiting Hawaii but I could never live in Hawaii.


Travel Account

Luggage & Gear

On this trip to present at ShakaCon, Tarah and I had a total of three Pelican cases, all with assorted firearms and Abloy locks. At least one firearm was an old Geco 26.5mm flare pistol, which I planned to show to some associates at a gun rangein Honolulu, since it also has an adapter to convert it to .410 / .45LC. These used to be quite popular with boaters in the Carribean, where you may put in at a port that bans firearms but you still want to be able to defend your craft out at sea.


Outbound Travel

Karen from Delta had us checked in very quickly that morning and the TSA performed a swab test, clearing us minutes later. Very nice, no need to open, as is the norm in Seattle. A perfect experience.


Homebound Travel

Ramona was a little fussy while checking us in for our return from Hawaii. A third-party contract worker, Mr. Punonuni, took our luggage away on a cart. Eleven minutes later, when I asked about the status of our guns, it was revealed that they needed the key to our locks. Mr. Punonuni took the key and we walked back with him to a large roll-up door (door DHX-0G-20) which he opened using his badge. I could see into the luggage handling area where cases were screened, but I didn't witness my own cases being opened. Four minutes later, Mr. Punonuni returned my key but couldn't tell me anything about the screening process or the names of who handled my belongings. :-/


Final Details & Thoughts

I like visiting Hawaii but I could never live in Hawaii.

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