Deviant Ollam's Account of Flying with Firearms

Deviant Ollam
I do not like gun cases sent to back rooms when counter workers are not accustomed to following-up with the TSA.


Travel Account

Luggage & Gear

This trip to DerbyCon involved one piece of regular luggage and my road cooking case. I've gotten so many great stories out of flying with that. =)


Outbound Travel

Gwendolyn Johnson was very fast in Seattle getting us all checked-in. The TSA wanted to open my larger Pelican case but since it was right in front of me I didn't mind. They swabbed my laptop and repacked everything quickly and cleanly. Nine minutes from curb to the pre-check line.


Homebound Travel

In Kentucky, Darren noted that I was right at the weight limit of 70 lbs on my luggage but had my bags sent back in four minutes. Ten minutes after that I was back up at the counter asking them to call the TSA. No one knew what number to call, and Darren tried his red phone, seemingly finding someone finally. He spoke with the TSA, asking if they had a firearm come through yet. "No? Big, heavy case? No? Nothing?" I heard him say. He called someone else, then someone else. "So, it's over there and they need to unlock it?" I heard him ask whomever he had now reached. A couple minutes later he was taking my keys to the back room. He returned 16 minutes later, telling me he witnessed them lock the bag up properly and that it was being loaded on the aircraft shortly.

My luggage arrived on the main carousel in Seattle, still locked, and having been packed quickly and with additional bubble filler, it seems. My duffel bag was torn, but I filled out a report with Delta who replaced it for free with a nicer, newer one.


Final Details & Thoughts

I do not like gun cases sent to back rooms when counter workers are not accustomed to following-up with the TSA. I'm very glad I pressured Darren into finding out about my cases.




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