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Old 12-06-2009, 01:09 PM   #21
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Harley, live vicariously and check out Patrick Smith's Ask the Pilot blog on www.salon.com
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:33 PM   #22
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We use one of those luggage 'belts' that wrap and tighten around your bag. The combination of color of bag and the belt lets you id your bag the minute it comes down the luggage carrosal (sp is not my strong point ). We got some real bright red ones with velcro on the ends during one of our tours ... we saved and use them, even though they have tour company markings. Waste not, want not...
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Mine is a red duffel from Lands' End and has my initials monogrammed on it. Course, I usually carry it on with me anyways if I can.

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I don't fly very often so I've never really thought about the possibility of my suitcase being stolen. It's black and could easily be mistaken for a similar bag. I have a rainbow-striped luggage strap I could buckle around the outside. That would serve the same purpose as putting brightly colored tape on, but without defacing the bag itself.
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:10 PM   #25
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Your luggage might not be stolen, but that doesn't mean it arrives intact:

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We have the bright luggage tags and that works pretty well. This past year a guy standing next to me in the luggage area took one of our bags off the carousel and put it beside him. I asked him if the bag next to him was his and he just handed it to me nonchalantly without comment. I don't know if he was a thief or an idiot.
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I don't have anything against flying, just airports and the TSA. I'm retired and if it takes me longer to get where I'm going, so what?
My thoughts exactly!

In fact we've normally taken 3 days to drive to Florida each year, but next year we're planning on taking 4 or 5 days.....we ain't in any hurry, and there's lots of stuff to see and do along the way!

(flying would take about 7 hours total with drive to airport, getting there 2 hours prior to flight, time on the plane, and time to get a rental car and get the heck out of the airport, then the drive to our hotel)
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I once picked up my "easily identifiable" bag at the Memphis airport and when I got to my hotel discovered it wasn't mine. Since my stuff was much more valuable (sarcasm emoticon needed here), I took it back, cost me a couple of hours and several bucks. Since then I check tags, even if the bag has our clan tartan on it.

Not all "stolen" bags are stolen.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:20 PM   #29
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I once picked up my "easily identifiable" bag at the Memphis airport and when I got to my hotel discovered it wasn't mine. Since my stuff was much more valuable (sarcasm emoticon needed here), I took it back, cost me a couple of hours and several bucks. Since then I check tags, even if the bag has our clan tartan on it.

Not all "stolen" bags are stolen.
That video was hilarious!

I will never buy a black suitcase again. Imagine the dilemma of the luggage clerk who asks the customer to describe the lost luggage and is told that it's black and has Samsonite written on it.

I know I know.....bar codes. That didn't do me much good when I flew to Ireland and my suitcase spent Christmas in Sccchhhipppol (Amsterdam). But that's a long story!
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