I just wanted to ask those of you that have been on a cruise since 9-11 how cruise ships were handling luggage in the hall the last night. Is this still done? If so, how did you answer the questions at the airport about your luggage being in your control?
I am traveling on the Explorer in a week and am very curious.
Gee, I never even thought of that! Not even on other cruises. Good question!
I wonder if people ever say "no", &, if so, what happens? The airlines in major port cities like Miami know that on any spring break Sat. at noon the sudden mobs of people getting off of a cruiseline bus went through the hall pickup stuff. I think dogs sniff the luggage before we even get off the ship in port. Maybe that's why not much attention has been paid to this issue in the past. But now . . . ?
WOW...never thought of this either! That would be a perfect time for someone to tamper with luggage...highly unlikely, but after what has happened not totally out of the question. Good topic to research.
I had to call Delta yesterday cause they changed our flight times so I asked them about this question. Rep suggested after you claim your luggage at the pier, open it up and check it, then you can be comfortable checking it in at the airport. Sounded resonable to me.
This is where electrical cable ties come in, at least for the tampering. You can tell if someone's been in your stuff. I hate to picture all these gazillion cruisers in Miami or Fort Lauderdale on turnaround day with suitcases open all over the place!
Perhaps someone can post the question to some of the lines.
You can wrap it tight as a drum but to open it all over again at the airport.
Far as I remember your bag is picked up quite quickly in the hall and then moved with hundreds on to steel crates and offloaded next day.
If someone is going to do something it would have to be picking your item for a reason and ship security as to whats going on in the hall is tight what I've read.