Just got an e-mail from Continental and this was one part of the message:
"POSITIVE BAG MATCH
Effective January 18, 2002 the Federal Aviation Administration will require a positive bag match for travel within the U.S., its territories and commonwealths. Bags cannot be transported on the aircraft without confirmation that the customer has boarded the aircraft."
And this is NEW!? I thought this was always the case? And if it wasn't, I almost don't believe it. Actually, come to think of it, the two places I remember hearing about this most is one) in Toulouse, on my internship with Air France (anytime a pax didn't show, we had to go find his bags) and two) on our return LGW-BWI BA flight, one pax didn't show up therefore delaying us the time it took to find his bags.
Interesting this won't be in effect until tomorrow (18-1).