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Baggage bribes

2010-11-19 00:37:57.106043+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

"Baggage handlers in Miami took bribes to allow oversized/overweight cargo onto flights. I'd normally drop this, even though

...police spokesman Detective Roy Rutland said investigators think some of the luggage checked by the skycaps could have gone onto planes without passing through security.

seems pertinent in the face of all the attention given the passengers via the pornoscanners and the preflightfondles.

However, the real thing that caught my eye with this was that anyone who's traveled with a bicycle, especially with a tandem bicycle, has played the "wonder how much it's going to cost me to fly this time?" game, and gotten different answers on different legs of the trips, even within the same airline. Seems like if the airlines want to nip this, they'd do well to have reasonable well-stated baggage policies right at the desks and on the front of their web pages, so we know how much we'll be forking over to whom in order to fly.

[ related topics: Aviation Law Enforcement Bicycling Bicycling - Tandem ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2010-11-19 16:52:21.396756+00 by: petronius

Miami has always had big baggage problems. A lot has to do with it being the gateway to the Caribbean. In the past immigrants returning to Santo Domingo for a visit would bring things like air conditioners and washing machines with them. They didn't trust shipping companies or dockside workers in SD, so they would just pay any overage charge the airlines laid on, reasonably sure the gift would actually arrive.

Meanwhile, when I used to travel with large open-reel tape recorders for my job I became adept at bribing skycaps to ignore the airlines luggage restrictions. I didn't mind paying extra, but sometimes they shunted me to the cargo center in the next county to take my case. Of course, this was in those easy days when all we worried about was some nincumpoop hijacking the plane to Havana in the mistaken theory that a police state was preferable to a US county jail.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-11-19 19:09:21.074218+00 by: meuon

So you can bribe a baggage handler... and the bag stills makes it through security. or maybe even bypasses it, but humans get Nuked or Groped?