FrequentFlyKid
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One Way Ticket And No Luggage....

Tue Dec 25, 2001 3:58 pm

There has been a lot of talk, obviously, about the diverted AA flight and the attempted mid-air bombing. I got to thinking and wouldn't a man with a one-way ticket and no luggage or carry-on of any kind, especially on an international flight trigger something in someone's brain that it wasn't right? Just wondering what you all thought. Travel safe........
 
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RE: One Way Ticket And No Luggage....

Tue Dec 25, 2001 4:10 pm


Well agree, sounds a bit strange especially for a longhaul flight but on the other hand if he only has a one way ticket he might head home to his second house or something like this. Would be a possibility.
But of course it still sounds weird.

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airblue
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RE: One Way Ticket And No Luggage....

Tue Dec 25, 2001 4:29 pm

I use to travell within Europe with one-way ticket and with only hand luggage and also it seems a lot of people, mainly businessmen, use to do it.
 
flyf15
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RE: One Way Ticket And No Luggage....

Tue Dec 25, 2001 6:10 pm

I know somebody that has gone to Asia (from the US) over 2 dozen times, many times on one way tickets...and has yet to check a single piece of luggage.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy They're spur of the moment business trips...
 
LufthansaCrew
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RE: One Way Ticket And No Luggage....

Tue Dec 25, 2001 7:38 pm

Back in 1999 I flew from Zurich to the United States with Swissair on vacation (Sorry I forgot the excact destination) with only hand luggage. My parents who departed one week before had taken all the neccessary baggage.
Similar to the subdued man on the CDG-MIA-flight I often wear sneakers or running shoes.
Hey come on, would the check-in staff reject me today bearing in mind I have no check-in-luggage?
What I'm trying to say is, a certain percentage of pax do actually travel only with cabin-baggage. This is nothing peculiar, especially for business men (Here I can side with the prior answers posted).
Travelling without a checked-in baggage cannot be in any way an alert signal or whatever.
However, the check-in staff is - especially in these times - entitled to have a closer, may be more critical look at all passengers.

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ContinentalEWR
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RE: One Way Ticket And No Luggage....

Tue Dec 25, 2001 11:04 pm

In these scary times, a one way ticket, no hand luggage, and a brand new passport, are cause for concern. I'm sorry but the fact that this man was able to board flight 63 points to a dramatic and inexcusable failure of both French police and American Airlines' security procedures and begs the need for huge investment in technology, training, and resources to stop terrorists.

ContinentalEWR
 
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RE: One Way Ticket And No Luggage....

Wed Dec 26, 2001 12:44 am


People there's a difference between travelling with only carry on luggage or NO luggage at all !!
And we're talking about NO luggage at all.
 
Hepkat
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RE: One Way Ticket And No Luggage....

Wed Dec 26, 2001 2:18 am

The fact is, it sounds suspicious, but a lot of people do it, and I don't believe it's appropriate to detain someone just because of it. Sure, a few questions might be in order, but to prevent someone from boarding is absurd. The problem is, we can never know what methods the terrorists are planning on using next. I mean, who would have thought of shoes? Or before then, who would have thought of 3 inch knives? What's it going to be next? Pencils? Paper thin pieces of paper? A slice of ham perhaps?
 
FrequentFlyKid
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RE: One Way Ticket And No Luggage....

Wed Dec 26, 2001 2:50 am

B737-700 is exactly right and for you that keep giving examples of times you flown without any checked bags or carry-on's you are missing the point. Flying domestically without anything is understandable, however you cannot sit there and honestly say a one-way, international itinerary with no bags of any kind is not peculiar, as LufthansaCrew puts it. It's very strange, especially now-a-days. As ContinentalEWR says there was a definite breakdown of security. That is obvious since a man with an explosive device was within the proverbial inch of blowing 195+ people into the north Atlantic. Hepkat, if that man had been questioned and was looked into the issue with his passport would have become apparent and there would have been every reason to detain him. The sad thing is we could be sitting here trying to figure why a 767 had mysteriously crashed into the ocean, et al TWA 800. I understand that the system cannont be foolproof, but I have said and I maintain that the system has, is, and unless something is done, will continue to fail us. And in the United States of America it should not be that way. Travel safe......
 
sxmarbury33
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RE: One Way Ticket And No Luggage....

Wed Dec 26, 2001 9:28 am

Plus the person could have gotten a visa or the like and it would not be sensible to buy tickets more than 6 months in advance.

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