After 2 consecutive, relatively short trips to Europe, on 2 different airlines (none of which landed at Charles de Gaulle) arriving at 2 of the more reputable airports in Europe, sans checked luggage, I started to wonder if perhaps I should stop relying on the kindness of strangers when it comes to my belongings. And when it happened again, on yet a third airline, on a short trip to Singapore, which is almost as far from Atlanta as one can get on this planet, I realized that the only one who can keep my possessions from being lost is, well, me.
I travel with hand luggage only now. If it offends the sensibilities of Anet.ers or terribly overworked flight attendants, tough. I carry the allowed volume, I may be a bit over the weight limit, but again, tough. I don't have to ask anyone to lug my stuff up or down, thank you. Think of it this way. I have no problem making my connections, I don't waste the time of those permanently harassed lost luggage people, I don't clog up the baggage arrival area making a juicy target for some non racially profiled terrorist, and I am off on my merry way much sooner. Everybody wins when I carry my own junk onboard.
When real reliability returns to air travel, an impossible condition considering how many people travel in and out of any given airport, I will check my bags. And if I must, I will willingly surrender my bag AT
THE GATE ONLY, where I know it will get into my aircraft, should the situation arise. Otherwise, I make it a point to leave the stereo system at home, and it is strictly carry on for me. It is pretty obvious to anyone who flies, that I am hardly the only person out there who has reached the same conclusion.
"Trust, but verify!" An old Russian proverb, quoted often by a modern American hero