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Old 06-22-2012, 05:59 PM
 
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The Problem with Airlines and Checked Baggage: On the Case : Expert Travel Tips : Condé Nast Traveler

Luggage going astray is a big problem in the US, but an even bigger problem in Europe.
I think it may be best to send luggage before you on a cargo flight and not check it on a passenger plane.

Even though fees have caused much less checked luggage, in domestic airlines still have problems with damages or missing luggage to the tune of almost two million items a year.

The problem is both baggage handlers and TSA employees. There were demands that the TSA investigate. They did. There is no knowledge, publically, on what they did, but they have agreed to take responsibility.

Pre-TSA before a passenger's bag could be opened a police officer had to be present.

. . . in a cost-saving move, carriers have stopped checking fliers’ bag claim checks at the airport exit, meaning “anyone can walk in off the street and walk out with a bag.”

I have seen plain luggage with colored duct tape designs, which may help prevent theft from the carousel. I am thinking of making a few stencils and spray painting with textile paint some simple design in one color.

In one of the more brazen cases, a ring led by a baggage handler for American Airlines at JFK engaged in everything from drug smuggling to stealing luxury items like watches, laptops, and expensive clothing. During the trial, one of the handlers testified that “everybody did it,” according to one of the jurors.

Could you imagine having to make a cruise and the airline losing your luggage?
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Old 06-23-2012, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Texas
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In a bit I'm flying internationally with this for carry-on...

Tenba - Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag

...and NO checked bag.

I bring whatever will fit in that bag. This forces me to seriously consider
each item I will pack, pack those items to conserve space and purchase
those items I may need at destination. Before departure the purchased
items will either be discarded or shipped back home if I want to keep.

Packing extremely light is incredibly liberating on a trip.
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