This makes me a little hesitant about flying with a firearm, granted it would be difficult to sneak away with a rifle. I fear that such agents would mishandle it and possibly cause damage to it.
I was thinking of flying back down to my home state some time in the future with a custom FAL that I'm having built. I'd hate to have it damaged before I even get to shoot it.
Hopefully this is just an unfortunate and uncommon occurance.