Checked baggage is always ‘at risk’. A CNN camera man learned that when his checked camera equipment was stolen and listed on eBay. The TSA employee who took it forgot to remove the CNN stickers before posting the listing.
American Airlines is now reimbursing a Tulsa passenger for $1000 after her lost luggage turned up on Facebook Marketplace, being sold by a baggage worker there. The passenger had them ‘dead to rights’ too – the bar code on the new Patagonia jacket being sold matched her receipt for the purchase, she says.
The carrier says they “are investigating the situation” and that they’re “very concerned with the allegations and..fully cooperating with authorities.”
Baggage handlers stealing customer belongings right out of their bags isn’t limited to “other countries” it seems. Why couldn’t all airports be like the one in Japan where bags are even cleaned before being given back to passengers?