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Baggage Claim At BOS Accessible To Public  
User currently offlineAukahkay From Singapore, joined Nov 2005, 69 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2504 times:

Having arrived at BOS airport domestic terminal 2 years ago, I noticed that the baggage claim area at the domestic terminal is fully accessible to the public, who can just walk into the baggage claim area as they wish. I found it a very odd arrangement. Anyone can just go into the baggage claim area to steal suitcases of passengers who have yet to arrive at the baggage claim area. In airports in Asia, Australia and Europe, the baggage claim area is in the restricted area of the arrival hall.
Is this arrangement peculiar to all domestic terminals in the US?

[Edited 2006-01-17 17:39:04]

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User currently offlineFLAIRPORT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2490 times:

every baggage claim in America is open to the public. The concourse is restricted.

User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2481 times:

Every DOMESTIC baggage claim. If you arrive on an International flight, your baggage claim will be behind customs and security.


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User currently offlineFlypdx From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 636 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2481 times:

Every airport I've been to, the baggage claim area has been fully available to the public. It isn't too common in the US to arrive at baggage claim AFTER your bags are out

User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8239 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2475 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 2):
Every DOMESTIC baggage claim.

Yup, it was one of the most astonishing realizations I had when I moved to this country, especially coming from Europe where you're bags are not safe even when they're locked and behind close doors  Smile The good news is you almost always arrive at the carrousel before your bags so there's little chance that someone will walk away with them.


User currently offlineAukahkay From Singapore, joined Nov 2005, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2450 times:

Thanks for the information.

User currently offlineAussieindc From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

Quoting Aukahkay (Thread starter):
In airports in Asia, Australia and Europe, the baggage claim area is in the restricted area of the arrival hall.

May I ask which airport you were at in Australia? Even in Australia, within the domestic terminals, the public has full access to the luggage belts. Also, in Australia, the public can meet you at the gate unlike here in the US where you cannot gain access to the concourse unless you have a boarding pass.


User currently offlineGoCOgo From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2398 times:

As said, common in the US. In addition to your likely being there to spot anyone trying to take your baggage, I've also had my claim tickets randomly checked a few times.

This does lead to other problems, however. I saw a recent news story about homeless individuals taking public transportation to my local airport and sleeping in baggage claim on particuarly cold nights.



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User currently offlineApodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4234 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2332 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 2):
Every DOMESTIC baggage claim. If you arrive on an International flight, your baggage claim will be behind customs and security.

I know of one exception. JFK Terminal 7, no baggage claims are accessible to the public, not even the domestic ones. Basically you go into the claim area straight from the gate, claim your bags, then proceed outside the doors to the area where passengers can meet you. Two airlines that you would get this on are HP and UA, presumably US now as well.


User currently offlineEHHO From Bulgaria, joined Dec 2005, 815 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

Quoting Aussieindc (Reply 6):
saw a recent news story about homeless individuals taking public transportation to my local airport and sleeping in baggage claim on particuarly cold nights.

I gather you mean ORD terminal 2? Homeless people would fit there perfectly: that baggage claim area is such a mess!!



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User currently offlineSkyexramper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2302 times:

Quoting Aukahkay (Thread starter):
I noticed that the baggage claim area at the domestic terminal is fully accessible to the public

Yeah...and?


User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3132 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2257 times:

There was a time when airlines/ airports checked every bag tag as passengers left the claim area to make sure it matched with the claim stub.


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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2238 times:

Quoting Zrs70 (Reply 11):
There was a time when airlines/ airports checked every bag tag as passengers left the claim area to make sure it matched with the claim stub.

Still happens in the Philippines at least. Such a PITA to find that tag if you don't know about it... I nowadays just put it in my pocket to get out quickly.



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User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2228 times:

I guess I just don't see the motivation in stealing someone's luggage. Sure, if it's near the holidays you might get a bag with presents in it. But generally people will carry the important/valuable stuff with them in the cabin, so all that's in the checked luggage is clothing. And 50% of the time it's dirty clothing. Nobody wants to steal my dirty underwear.

User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5182 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2224 times:

Back in the 70s, you had to show your claim check at ORD to leave the baggage claim. LAS used to do it. I think ATL did it during the Olympics.

User currently onlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22739 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2189 times:

Quoting EHHO (Reply 9):
I gather you mean ORD terminal 2? Homeless people would fit there perfectly: that baggage claim area is such a mess!!

??

Can y'all do construction in Europe without making a mess?



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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2182 times:

Quoting Chase (Reply 13):
I guess I just don't see the motivation in stealing someone's luggage. Sure, if it's near the holidays you might get a bag with presents in it. But generally people will carry the important/valuable stuff with them in the cabin, so all that's in the checked luggage is clothing. And 50% of the time it's dirty clothing. Nobody wants to steal my dirty underwear.

I could see plenty of motivation in the Philippines... Hell, they'd probably have stolen our $5 plastic Christmas tree last time. After all, the customs clowns thought we should have paid $20 of duties for the damn thing.... Ok, enough of my ranting.



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User currently onlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22739 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2131 times:

Quoting Ckfred (Reply 14):
Back in the 70s, you had to show your claim check at ORD to leave the baggage claim. LAS used to do it. I think ATL did it during the Olympics.

I think at SJU you still do. Can someone verify?



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User currently offlineAukahkay From Singapore, joined Nov 2005, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

I guess that luggage theft is uncommon in US airports. The situation will be very different in south-east asia.

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