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Shalee
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Posted - 03/27/2012 :  2:16:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shalee's Homepage Send Shalee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In the news today, concerning JFK Airport

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/26/exclusive-the-stunning-jfk-airport-baggage-scandal-200-thefts-per-day/

I think Philly would run a close 2nd.

Unfortunately, as it is described, your belongings really aren't safe at any point. When I travel I have to change planes at least once. Who knows what happens at that airport.

When I travel I always have a carry on holding all my valuables, makeup, medications, knitting and a change of underwear! Of course that is not always foolproof. At one airport, last year, the flight attendent at the door to the plane itself told me there was no more room for my carry on case and then grabbed it. I panicked, grabbed it back and argued. She told me I could take, from the bag, whatever I could fit into my purse. Then they took the bag and sent it to the belly of the plane. She had lied to me. There were numerouse empty overhead bins. That is one of the reasons why I will not ever fly US Air again.

Sharon in NW PA
I always wanted my own library but I didn't realize it would be all knitting books!


donnawatk
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Posted - 03/28/2012 :  03:38:52 AM  Show Profile Send donnawatk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
When I travel I have a nice size purse and fit most of what I can't lose. It used to be, you worried about lost luggage now it if you will get back what you packed. Donna
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lella
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Posted - 03/28/2012 :  11:01:41 AM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Millions of dollars worth of Bulgari jewelry used to ride in the belly of the plane in the 70's. It was the safest place. Wow! Those baggage guys really got "organized". It makes me sick.

Lella

Zippiknits

"Life is good if you don't weaken." Calvin Coolidge
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Schaeferyarnlover
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Posted - 03/28/2012 :  11:09:20 AM  Show Profile Send Schaeferyarnlover a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Shalee you have persuaded me to never again check my luggage.

Debra
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Shalee
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Posted - 03/28/2012 :  11:12:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shalee's Homepage Send Shalee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, Lella, the 60's and 70's were the days when it was fun to fly. I don't plan on flying out west, this year, just because of the stress of flying. The only way I'd fly, this year, is if it were an emergency. I am considering driving, but from PA to Utah & Idaho is a long drive! Even with gas prices going up I just might do it.

Sharon in NW PA
I always wanted my own library but I didn't realize it would be all knitting books!


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ClimberKnits
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Posted - 03/29/2012 :  11:06:27 AM  Show Profile Send ClimberKnits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
$160,000 worth of jewelry? Really? ALL of my belongings total wouldn't add up to that much. But where's the call for common sense here? The lady can carry two carry on bags. How about one oversized purse and another just for the jewels? Don't pack anything that you can't live without in checked baggage.

I fly (standby) a lot and the skirmish for overhead bin space can be one of the ugliest situations on a flight. I've seen passengers argue that three is actually two, that an overstuffed wheelie bag really does fit in the sample bin space or that a stroller, purse, briefcase, (fill in with your favorite item) doesn't really count as a carryon. When the flight crew calls the gate desk that space it getting tight in the overheads, the gate staff has to then limit what those waiting are carrying. It's unfortunate, but a response to all the charges for checked bags. The largest items that they see are the ones that they ask to "gate check" first. You really DO need to listen carefully to all of theose announcements that they are making.

Airline staff members are people, too. They just want to get the plane loaded, in the air and safey to where they are going. Oh yeah, and be on time. Some folks just seem to be looking for a conflict and travel can be stressful enough without anyone being overly surly.
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Shalee
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Posted - 03/29/2012 :  1:21:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shalee's Homepage Send Shalee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I could understand if, in my situation, it had been the desk person that took my carry on, but it was the "flight attendent - stewardess". Just as I was about to step onto the plane.

Sharon in NW PA
I always wanted my own library but I didn't realize it would be all knitting books!


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