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More Luggage Laments

October 16, 1994

In response to "Luggage Lament," Louise Hauter's letter to the editor (Sept. 26): I would much prefer to check everything--but with luggage being lost and pilfered, it won't happen. I can handle the wait at baggage claim, though sometimes it seems forever. The business traveler can't or won't. No easy answer.

BETTIE T. ROMAN

West Hills

I've never had a fish fall on my head, but my luggage was placed in the lavatory for take-off and landing on an Air France flight to Paris. My bulkhead seat had no overhead compartment and there was no seat in front of me, under which to stow it, thus the potty treatment.

The carry-on fiasco is not tolerated on Lufthansa. There, carry-on luggage is inspected three times--at the check-in counter, in the waiting area, and during boarding. Their rules of one bag per person and no garment bags, oversized-items or polo mallets (I've been hit by one--thanks, TWA), etc., are strictly enforced.

AMI PORCELLA

San Luis Obispo

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