Can anyone tell me how often people are asked to open their checked bags. My mother is so upset that they will open her luggage and mess it up and she will have to repack it at the airport. She is so organized with her packing that this is making her a nervous wreck.
I would hope there is no set pattern . It would make the checks less than secure if there was a set system of checking...it should be random just by its nature. If inspectors establish a regular pattern of checking..then they might as well not do it because the checks are compromised and predictable.
Kathy, I have a great BonVoyage present you can buy on line for Mom. Log onto ebags.com and look for the Pac It system. Since she is organized to begin with these will really help keep everything in its place. I bought a 3 pc. set for Christmas for my exceutive boss for almost the same price I paid 3 years ago for the largest Pack It folder. They are great and should help relieve some of the traveling stress.
Included in my RSSC documents was a flyer for a company that comes to your door, collects your luggage and delivers it to your hotel or cruise ship. I assume they ship it overnight using someone like Fedex. You are not involved in boxing or crating, they just pick up your bags and the next you see of them is in your room. On return, they collect the bags and deliver to your home. Not cheap but not unreasonable. It would seem the company would be far more accountable than the airlines. I intend to use them next time I fly where I change planes enroute. Your mother could rest easy.
A call to Raddison, or probably any upper echelon cruise company would probably put you in touch with them.
Thanks for all the great suggestions. I will tell Mom about all of them. The Fed Ex thing or the packing accesories sound great for her, She's glad they have random checks,they do make her feel safer as long as it's not her bag. (You know how mom's can be!)
I can understand her concern. Customs checks are quick and very professional, two terms that aren't in the newly federalized unemployables are familier with.
Heard about a screener who fell asleep. The lady accepting bags on the conveyer belt kept trying to keep him awake but he would nod off. His co workers told passengers not to say anything or the airport would be shut down until everyone in the building including those who had boarded airplanes had been rescreened.