Well folk's here we go, the final tale.
As you know I was travelling from Dublin in Ireland to the USA via the scary JFK Airport, being a law abiding person I had lined up all the paperwork in the correct order and had everyones permission for what I was planning to do, so here's exactly what happened.
On may the 9th I went to Dublin Airport and told the Airline I was checking in a firearm, and I gave the ticket agent a print out of the Airline's firearm's policy and a printout of the TSA guideline's.
She had a supervisor stop by and check the weapon, the supervisor had me open the gun case and she just looked at the pistol, she saw a cable lock through the mag well so it was unoaded, and she even checked to see if there was a round in the breach, she let me lock it back in the gun case and she had me sign the firearm deceleration and she tied that to the gun case, then she watched me use another cable lock to secure it to the inside of the suitcase, and then she had me secure the suitcase with the TSA approved locks I had from my last USA trip. Then they put the travel tag on the suitcase and she walked with me to the Airport's secure holding area, where not 1 but 2 Airport Police officer's had to sign for receipt of the case and they were told when it was to go to the plane.
Not a problem, anyway my flight to JFK went out on time and I even got some sleep on the flight.
When I arrived in JFK, I found the Airline supervisor and told her that PAPD wanted my suitcase to remain in the Airline's possession, so I asked her to accompany me to baggage pick up and custom's, that wasn't a problem at all. I collected my suitcase and went to the US customs and Border patrol office, I explained to them I was in possession of a firearm and gave them all my paperwork, the CBP officer read the documents, checked the state of the weapon and ran the serial number, said welcome to the USA and told me enjoy my trip. He told the Airline Supervisor to bring me to the ticket desk for my next flight, when I got there the supervisor told me they needed the PAPD to check the weapon, 2 officers from the PAPD came down and asked me if I was the Irish guy they had been expecting, that was indeed me, I asked they if they wanted to open the suit case and gun case for their own safety (they liked that) or would I do it for them. Anyway I gave them the keys, they opened the suitcase and gun case, they checked the weapon was secure and they locked it back up again with the TSA lock and they told the Airline folk's I was good to go.
The supervisor said my unloaded firearm deceleration was still valid, and they took charge of the suitcase. Not a problem one.
I landed in Pittsburgh and collected my suitcase and saw that someone other than the TSA had tampered with the case and would you believe it some son of a mother had stolen the gun case.
So the Police, the FBI, the ATF and the Airlines corporate security office were called and they have been "investigating" ever since.
So apart from the monumental screw up in the Airlines policy for the safe handling of firearms in their custody, the trip was a blast, I got myself recertified as a taser user & invited to participate in the instructors course, I went from being OC certified to a certified OC instructor, and got certified as a chemical munitions user and collected a whole lot of other good information and I even scored an invite to do a GLOCK armorer's course later in the year !
So the problem wasn't in avoiding being arrested, it was keeping the weapon out of the reach of thieves !
Oh and while I think of it, the fishing was great as well !!!!