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Airport warning

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Airport warning

Beware of items missing from checked in luggage-Possible connection between 'phuket security scanning' to indicate suitcases which hold items of interest. Gift boxes were left empty in suitcase.

Pattaya, Thailand
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1. Re: Airport warning

Also could mean a security issue in Oz as well. Baggage handler thieves the world over.

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they call heathrow "theifrow"

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I think that's why you see more and more luggage with that plastic wrap that is avalable at the airports.

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This has been a problem the world over for decades. best be is to put nothing valuable in any bag hat is going to be out of your sight.

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I agree with the others.. it's an issue- and one that's not isolated to Phuket, Bangkok, or the Kingdom..

Bags pass thru the control of several bodies along the way from origin check-in, to security screening, loading, connection transfer (if applicable) to arrival unloading and in some cases a pre-relcaim customs examination.. So lots of people and places for things to go bad.

This isn't an acceptance that stealing in any form is OK.. it's not.. but is an acknowledgment of what the process is, and the extent that each party plays and the fact that in most cases, the carriers can't and don't have control over them from start to end.

That said, I do also think that there's some shared responsibility in play here.. As I've mentioned on similar threads; yes, you do have every right to expect you get all your stuff back.. no if's and's or but's about it.. .. but... I also think that much like it is when you valet park your car.. you do have some level of responsibility to properly secure valuables.. or retain direct control over high value, high risk, fragile or like items; to the extent possible and permitted.

Now, this isn't always possible for everything in a checked bag, but I mention this because I do think the overall point is legitimate in that yes, airlines, airports and the like do have a responsibility to properly safeguard your possessions while in their control.. but I also think that to the extent possible and practical, a passenger also needs to exercise proper safeguards with respect to high value, fragile or similar items when in transit.

Travel Safe,

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looks like I'll be doing the carry-on only thing like we did in Kenya.

Truthfully, it was a challenge to condense everything we thought we might need for 2 weeks in a carry-on.. but it beat dealing with the possibility that we wouldn't see our luggage at all on the other side or that people along with way would help themselves to stuff.

the challenge will be the shopping, no doubt! :)

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Don't overblow the situation.. Millions of travellers have passed through Thailand every year and have had nothing stolen.. I've visited Thailand yearly for the past 10+ years, and have always had checked bags on all flights. I've not returned home with anything missing yet..

As mentioned by others, don't put anything of value into checked bags..


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Hope my 4Kg boogie board bag is ok next trip......

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I've traveled quite a bit & ther only place that items have gone missing is through Frankfurt, twice.

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