I always dread approaching the airline counter after the cruise and have to answer the question "Have you had your luggage under your control since it was packed?" The normal cruise procedure is to pack then place your luggage outside the stateroom the night before disembarking. The luggage disappears during the night and not seen again until picking it up on the pier. How do others answer this question?
New rules are coming out and these dumb questions will no longer be answered. I mean really, do you know anyone that would allow a strange person to take their bag for awhile and bring it back and you not think of checking what might have been done! Do they expect someone who is bent on distruction to answer honestly that he/she has something dangerous in there? Common sense was not a high point with those questions.
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When I flew out of Miami on my last cruise, the ticket agent (after realizing I just got off a cruise) added the prhase, "since you cleared customs" to the question, "Have your bags been under your control the whole time?" If you advise them they have been under the control of shipboard personnel, and under your control since you cleared custons, they shouldn't have any problems.
As of today (Thursday 8/29) counter personnel are no longer required to ask the silly questions. That means that most of them will cease and desist. Some may still do it for a while because they can't stop themselves.
Everybody, including the powers that be, agrees that the questions are useless anyway.