The flight down to P’Cola from MS wasn’t too bad. The flight back to MS from P’Cola, however, was delayed by a little over an hour. We also had an issue with the pilot illegally accessing our firearm. We brought a firearm on our trip for protection while we slept at the condo we stayed at (we found out the condo owners only charge a $25 fee for keys not returned, and do not change out the locks!). We packed it unloaded in a hard case with a TSA lock on it. TSA has a special key that works with these locks. They are the only ones allowed to access firearms. However, we were told by a Pensacola airport worker for B.A. that she needed the key to the lock on the firearm because the pilot wanted to see it. We told her it’s a TSA lock and only TSA have keys for a reason. She insisted on getting the combination for the lock and had us TYPE IT IN HER PHONE. I wish we would have requested legal paperwork for this kind of request or something. In the moment, we weren’t thinking straight. The firearm was out by the plane and not where we could see what was going on. There would be no way to prove if the captain messed with the firearm. We realized we were in a situation where my husband could be arrested if the pilot tampered with it to make it look like my husband had loaded it or anything like that. And we had no way of proving that it wasn’t my husband who had done it. So when we get back to MS, they bring out all the luggage except for my husband’s bag that has the firearm. The lady says “this is all the luggage! Were you waiting on something else?” My husband told her “yeah my camo bag. I saw it on the plane, I know it’s there.” Without going to the back she immediately responds with “give us a minute on that one.” Odd. And of course we are thinking the worst. Why would she act like all the luggage was out but then say she knew about the remaining bag? Well the TSA at MS step in. We literally wait for 15-20 minutes while they do who knows what to my husband and I’s property. Then they call another TSA agent back saying “can you come look at this please?” To that agent. We are thinking “great, it’s been tampered with, and my husband is about to get cuffed.” FINALLY she brings the bag out and says “there was a misunderstanding.” I immediately told her about how the P’Cola lady had asked for us to put the code in her phone for the captain to look at the firearm and the 3 TSA agents standing around all got really wide eyed and said that shouldn’t have happened. They then told us the pilot was presented the luggage with a statement that the bag had a gun (supposedly he said he was not told the gun was in a case. But! It had gone through TSA already which means it would have had to have been in a case or else TSA wouldn’t have let it through.). PLUS If that was the real reason, why did he need the combination to the case once he saw there was one??? It was all very scary and sketch. Besides the fact that it was ABSOLUTELY illegal. If we had more physical proof of the situation, we would be taking it further than just leaving a review. The firearm could’ve been taken and we wouldn’t be able to prove it was the pilot. The pilot could’ve framed my husband and had him in jail. So many things could have happened that never should have if the BA staff ran LEGALLY and PROFESSIONALLY. We will NEVER fly with them again.