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Is your airline baggage safe from tampering?

Camel prank man sacked

A PRANK at Sydney airport has sparked international outrage and highlighted security concerns at Australia's airports.

A Qantas baggage handler was sacked last night for removing a costume camel's head from a passenger's bag and wearing it on the tarmac.

The incident was seized upon by the legal team for accused drug trafficker Schapelle Corby - facing the death sentence in Bali. They said it backed claims that cannabis she was caught carrying had been planted in her luggage by Australian baggage handlers.

It has also left Qantas officials red-faced and apologetic as they try to convince the flying public that ground staff can be trusted.

In the latest incident, passenger David Cox was shocked to see a baggage handler wearing the animal costume he had checked in only minutes earlier. The marketing manager, waiting to board a flight to Melbourne, watched agog as the baggage handler crossed the airport tarmac several times with the large camel costume on his head.

"The little kid in the seat next to me said, 'There's a man wearing a moose head," Mr Cox told Melbourne radio station 3AW yesterday. "I thought 'No mate, that's not a moose head, its a camel head - and it's my camel head."

The handler's union described the incident as a "goofy prank", a "typically Australian joke" that just got out of hand. Trade Worker's Union spokesman Nimrod Nyols said the handler had been "goofing", recreating a Toyota television advertisement. "He was doing the 'Oh, what a feeling, Oh, what a Toyota' thing," Mr Nyols said.

Closed circuit television recorded the handler removing the camel head from a bag identified as carrying an animal costume.




Don't you just love the union guy's explanation? Hey, Nimrod (can you believe that's actually his name?!), WTF was the guy doing playing with passenger's luggage in the f*cking first place??!!




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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-13-2005, 04:01 PM
 
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Even though modern travel in the United States forbids locks, I place a note INSIDE my luggage advising ground crews and TSA personnel that I have itemized, dated, and photographed all contents.

I then run a plastic zip-tie through the zippers to seal it shut (which they'll have to cut) and tape an extra one to the note asking them to replace the cut tie if my baggage is inspected. The technique works like a charm so far.

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Anymore, I won't fly. At least for domestic travel. I'll ride my bike, drive, or walk first. That includes cross-country.

I never liked flying anyway but it has gotten worse, squared! NOT because of the flight but EVERYTHING else associated with the experience. It starts at the very first step of the process, treating you like a fool the moment you call to get ticket prices. You start the absurd pricing game that sells tickets, not at ten to twenty percent fluctuation, but in MULTIPLES of the price for a ticket in the same plane, on the same flight. Then you arrive hours early and start shuffling all over the place during the cattle herding process, then the people you have to sit with like sardines in a can, made miserable themselves by the whole process. A Greyhound bus in the air BUT.... with several hours of harrassment to prepare you for the actual travel and a distinct chance that your luggage, IF it arrives with you, may have been pilfered. The whole experience is seedy at best.

Add to that all of the crap going with the way the airlines operate everything on a shoestring budget since de-regulation and union busting, and I select option "D"... anything but.

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...I then run a plastic zip-tie through the zippers to seal it shut...
Some people here are now wrapping their luggage in plastic food wrap! Pulled tight, it makes a good shrink-wrap.




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It helps if you don't think of yourself as a paying customer with rights, priveleges, or human dignity. See it more as being in divorce court. You're just trying to get out of there with a little financial and emotional damage as possible.

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It helps if you don't think of yourself as a paying customer with rights, priveleges, or human dignity. See it more as being in divorce court. You're just trying to get out of there with a little financial and emotional damage as possible.
Now, there's an analogy I can relate to.

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Oh, I guess I didn't really answer the question. As far as do I think my items are safe? Very rarely do I check luggage, but when I do I take similar precautions as Blue Jays. If it is at all possible to use only carry-on luggage then I do so. I take the stuff I absolutely need and get the rest at Wal Mart or whatever when I get there. So I have to wash my clothes more often, who cares? I don't have to worry about whether or not I'll ever see my luggage again.

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Hi All-

While travelling domestically, I haven't checked a bag in more than twenty years...with the exception of flying to go skiing. That is where I place my little note because skis are valuable sporting equipment. It's simply not worth the hassle of lost, damaged, or stolen luggage if you can bring regular stuff like clothes and toiletries into the cabin.

From a statistical standpoint, the worst offender I've read about is America West Airlines, which runs primarily through Phoenix and Las Vegas. Their rate of loss or damage hovers around 1 out of 1000. It's not that difficult to determine that if you fly that airline frequently, they'll eventually do something to screw-up your luggage.

Most people completely overpack for trips and don't wear half the stuff they bring. Find ways to bring mix n' match outfits that you can dress-up or dress-down as needed at your destination. You can always wash clothes at the hotel and hang them to dry in the bathroom. The point is to find ways to travel lighter. Free yourself of the shackles of checked luggage!

Dad brings up lots of good points. For most trips under 500 miles you'll probably get to your destination MUCH faster by driving once you factor security screening, ground transportation, airline delays, and all the other nonsense that goes along with boarding the infernal cattlecars on wings these days.

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