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Airport Surprises

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Slogging through endless airports, hoping for a nice lounge, or at least a seat near a power outlet. Occasionally, delightful surprises are discovered. For…

What are Airport baggage kickers?

What are Airport baggage kickers?

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Regular readers of Thiefhunters in Paradise know that I recommend hard-sided luggage and avoid zippered bags as checked luggage. I’ve seen way too many exploded zippers…

Stockholm airport Arlanda shopping: This is the way to the gates and lounge right after security at Stockholm's Arlanda airport. For years, the exit has been blocked by luggage carts.

Arlanda shopping trick—offensive

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Like shopping? Like to be forced into shopping? Ever feel like boycotting a store because of the arrogant manner shown towards its customers? Arlanda…

Handicap stall in ladies rooms

Handicap stall in ladies rooms

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90% of the times I bypass a long line at a ladies’ room, I find an unused, available, extra-wide, “accessible” cubicle. Trained by parking…

6 rules for luggage security

6 rules for luggage security

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Another ring of airport luggage thieves has been arrested, this time at Los Angeles International Airport. So? Big deal. I’m not impressed. Not relieved….

United Airlines' boorish clientele: United begs its airport lounge customers to behave

United Airlines’ boorish clientele

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Just wondering: what kind of clientele does United Airlines have? I mean, is it really necessary to place a formal request on each coffee…

Luggage self-check: The caged suitcase is tipped into a river of luggage.

Luggage self-check at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam

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Luggage self-check Luggage self-check? There’s nothing new about self-checking in and getting boarding passes from an airport terminal. The KLM check-in machines at Amsterdam’s…

Luggage carousel

Bag tag sabotage

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For various reasons, my luggage is hard to steal from. I take hundreds of flights every year, and so far, thank goodness, nothing has…

TSA thieves

TSA thieves

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“New figures out today show 381 TSA officers have been fired for stealing from passengers and their luggage, and members of Congress think that…

A road warrior self-portrait taken in a hotel mirror

Bag theft epidemic at Atlanta Airport carousel

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Atlanta Airport Police tell a business traveler that luggage theft from the carousel is currently an “epidemic” and “out of control.” The busines-traveler-victim plays…

Airport security belt steals

Airport security belt steals

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There goes our iPad. Swallowed by the security conveyor belt, immediately under the prominent sign that says “The tray stays until it is emptied.”…

Police, security, challenge photographers despite public right

Police, security, challenge photographers despite public right

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Is it legal to take photos at airport security checkpoints, or not? Occasionally I’ll politely ask a TSA officer if I may take a…

Sabrina Zotter, alleged luggage thief in Phoenix

More airport luggage theft

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Imagine the post office delivering your mail to a big open heap, mixed with the envelopes and boxes of 300 strangers. The honor-based system…

Why thieves prefer black bags.

Why thieves prefer black bags when stealing luggage at airports

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Why Thieves Prefer Black Bags Yeah, this story’s everywhere, about the Phoenix couple who made a living stealing luggage off the airport carousel. Police…

When TSA confiscates your pocket knife…

When TSA confiscates your pocket knife…

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Brother-in-law, though a frequent flyer, forgot to move his pocket knife from his carry-on to his checked bag. He groaned when TSA discovered it….

Bangkok airport scam and fake police

Bangkok airport scam and fake police

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We good citizens are trained from an early age to respect authority. It’s not easy to ask a uniformed policeman for identification, or even…

Commercial flight; no security

Commercial flight; no security

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We flew from Anchorage to Homer on Alaska Airlines flight 4878, operated by ERA Aviation. No TSA. No screening; none at all. Liquids? Okay!…

Nigerian nightmare

Nigerian Nightmare

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The moment Michael Griffith turned his back, his wife let out a bloodcurdling scream. He whipped around to see Nancy jumping up and down,…

Thieves in airports

Thieves in airports

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So you’ve made it through security. Does that mean you’re in a secure area? Not secure enough to relax your attention. Thieves have been…

Confessions of an airport thief

Confessions of an airport thief

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Kharem’s Lucky Haul Kharem, a pickpocket in Spain, sometimes chooses Barcelona’s airport over the rich pickings of the city. When Bob and I again…

Airport danger and the strategist thief

Airport danger and the strategist thief

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“Did you know you’re wearing mismatched shoes?” a well-dressed Englishman said to our friend, Brooks, at London’s Heathrow airport one day. Brooks was talking…

My 2008 travel stats

My 2008 travel stats

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Mid-08, I noted my travel stats year-to-date. Here’s how the year wrapped up. I made 105 takeoffs and landings during the calendar year. I…

Violence in Mexico

Violence in Mexico

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A few days ago, a foreigner arrived at Mexico City’s international airport and exchanged money there. What he didn’t know was that he was…