Celidah the Bardess wrote:Thanks, everyone so far.
I watched the news earlier tonight with dismay...as I've said in other threads, I'm praying that my flight isn't affected by this recent situation.
I really, really also hope that enough hue and cry is raised so that Heathrow eases up and allows at least SOME carry-ons, or I can't (read won't-because-I'm-not-chancing-it-being-stolen) bring my laptop, which I could really use in Bangladesh, since I am doing computer work over there!
All will be well if they wake up to the realities of expensive items regularly and systematically being stolen from checked baggage by baggage handlers and security screeners
and implement some extra security measures so your valuables will arrive when you do - registered items, traced pouches, insurance guarantees, proper 'Luggage Claim Check' ckecks when you retrieve your bags... But you'll notice that I'm not holding my breath.
The current wisdom is "There are only two kinds of airline luggage - Carry-on, or Lost." With Carry-on eliminated...
The only solution is to FedEx or otherwise ship your laptop and valuables ahead and home, and insure the heck out of them both ways so the freight carrier has good reason to track them and watch their security very closely. Or better yet...
Does that hospital need another good desktop computer? Find out what they need, and see if you can get one donated to the hospital. Get it all loaded, updated and backed up, then box it in the original factory cartons and pads, overpack the factory cartons in plain brown boxes or plywood crates with another layer of foam padding and generic FRAGILE labels (Printed computer boxes = "Steal Me!") and ship it ahead.
Allow a few weeks before your flight date - in case it doesn't make it there in one piece, you have time to devise and activate "Plan B".
Plan on leaving that desktop with the hospital for their IT departmant when you're all done with it, you can bring your files back on DVD-R or E-mail/FTP them ahead.
Myself, If it's domestic travel I'm driving, or I'll take the train, or a bus... I'd rather spend a week on the road each way rather than put up with the indignities they put you through to fly. Even a year ago, it was a circus just flying locally from Bob Hope (Burbank) to Sea-Tac and back.
I can only imagine the extra indignities they have in store for you now - "Papillon", anyone?
Rule Number One: There is no such thing as total safety - If they really want to cause an incident in the name of Total Jihad, they can. We just have to stay one step ahead of the baddies.
And the other wonderful thing about Terrorism is, they only have to affect a few people - the word gets around through the news, and terrorizes many - If We Allow
It To Terrorize Us, and we don't have to.
The proper response to terrorism incidents takes both a strong stomach and a unified will by the entire civilized world, we have to respond "The Chicago Way" - 'You put one of ours in the hospital, we put ten of yours in the Morgue.' It's brutal, true - but it's also rather effective.
The only way to make air travel almost
safe would be to have everyone strip and change into TSA supplied underwear, Tyvek jumpsuits and booties at the airport, take a full-body X-ray or CAT scan to make sure they didn't have bombs swallowed or surgically implanted, and absolutely nothing carried on (not even a paperback book) - One of these days they'll figure out a way to make explosives into clothing, or swallow the explosives and timed fuse in a baggie.
The next step would be individual locking compartments for each passenger or row in First Class, and getting handcuffed or shackled to your seat in Coach, ala "Con Air".
--<< Bruce >>--