For various reasons, my luggage is hard to steal from. I take hundreds of flights every year, and so far, thank goodness, nothing has gone missing permanently. It’s no secret that there’s a problem with some airline and TSA employees stealing from luggage. It occurred to me that those thieves might sabotage the tags on luggage they’ve stolen from, in order to make the bag “disappear,” rather than to be traced to their handling of it.
Thieves who steal luggage off the carousels are another matter. These have flourished since 9/11, when “security” was taken from the baggage claim area in order to focus on security at the gates.
Currently, there’s a bag theft epidemic at Atlanta Airport carousel.)
My new “bag tag sabotage” theory is based on these facts:
1. A huge number of suitcases go missing in the airline system;
2. I take hundreds of flights (every year for the past 16), yet my bags have never disappeared;
3. My bags are harder than most to steal from;
Therefore, I’m proposing that much of the “lost luggage” has been ransacked, then deliberately made lost.
What do you think?