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September 23, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
I saw red when a USAToday survey reported that airline baggage fees had hit a whopping $450. The blogosphere quickly churned with news of airlines charging $400 to $450 fees for oversized bags on overseas flights. Then I took a deep breath and read the story more closely. It says American Airlines charges $450 for bags weighing 71 to 100 pounds on flights from the U.S. to Asia. Which is true, but who's taking 100 pounds of anything to the airport these days? American spokesman Tim Smith tells me in an email that "high-priced ... overweight bags to and from Asia is an anomaly that is beyond rare.
March 17, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Four baggage handlers at Lindbergh Field have been indicted on charges of smuggling cocaine and methamphetamine aboard planes set for destinations across the country. Federal officials said it is believed to be the first drug prosecution of employees at Lindbergh Field, the region's international airport. The four, current or former employees of Delta Global Services, worked in tandem with seven drug couriers who were also indicted, officials said. The baggage handlers would take backpacks of drugs from the couriers and then, using their security badges, place a backpack aboard a plane, which the courier would then pick up when the plane reached New York City, Nashville, Detroit, Baltimore, Hawaii and other locations, according to the federal indictment.
May 11, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Get ready to get lost at Orange County's John Wayne Airport (SNA), where gates will be renumbered next week so that new gates coming in the fall won't be out of sequence. Fortunately, extra people will be on hand to direct you. Starting Tuesday, gates and baggage carousels will be numbered sequentially from north to south, the airport said Wednesday in a statement. The new layout will reverse the current order. For example, Gate 14 will become Gate 2. Newly renumbered Gates 1A, 1B and 1C will serve the North Commuter Terminal, and Gates 16A and 16B will serve the South Commuter Terminal.
March 13, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Its resume reads like an overachieving supercar. A twin-turbocharged V-8 unleashes 577 horsepower to all four wheels, it takes 3.6 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph, the sticker price passes $100,000 even quicker than that, and it's a station wagon that seats five comfortably. Wait, what was that last part? Yes, for the few buyers who crave a vehicle that can haul the entire family to a night at the movies fast enough to earn them a night in jail instead, Mercedes-Benz would like to offer the E63 S AMG station wagon.
September 15, 1985
If Stanley Meisler (Aug. 25) had charged his air fare on a credit card, it seems his baggage loss would be covered. The American Express Gold Card covers a loss up to $1,200 for lost or damaged luggage. Gold MasterCard also provides reimbursement, up to $1,000 for loss of luggage and personal items. Travelers should also check their homeowners insurance policy to see if they're covered. BARBARA SPENCER Santa Ana
July 29, 1990
The baggage tip in Jerry Hulse's Travel Tips on July 8 was excellent. It is a good idea for people to try and help their own situation when it comes to lost baggage. However, I have one more suggestion to add, whether domestically or internationally. Passengers are already asked to put name tags on their luggage. But if people would attach four tags (preferably the sticker type) in the following manner, it would help the lost luggage problem. Add two name tags, one on the inside and one on the outside of the bag with your home or office phone and address, plus two name tags (one inside, one outside also)
March 5, 2006
THANKS for Jane Engle's article on overhead luggage ["An Overhaul Due for Oversized Bags in Overstuffed Bins?" Travel Insider, Feb. 26]. I have seen almost everything short of a crate of chickens placed up there. You closed saying that Transportation Security Administration is exploring alternatives. TSA's track record does not make this a promising statement. The only solution is for the airlines and airports to solve the checked luggage problem. Checking is not so much the problem as is retrieval; LAX is particularly bad. In my experience, the waits are often 30 to 45 minutes.
July 10, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
Spanish carrier Iberia launched a new service that allows travelers to download and print out baggage tags long before they go to the airport. Iberia calls the service MyBagTag and promises it will make the check-in process faster and easier, according to a statement Monday. (The video above shows how it works.) Travelers specify the number of bags when they check in online and then print out baggage tags with barcodes containing flight details. The printout is folded into quarters with the barcode facing up and placed inside reusable plastic sleeves that are then affixed to luggage.
December 31, 2006
TWO brief baggage-handling stories: Returning from Chicago to LAX in early November, I tried to re-route myself when my scheduled flight showed multiple delays. Another LAX-bound flight had an available seat. I was not allowed to change my reservation. The airline's agent told me that the Transportation Security Administration would not allow my already checked baggage to go on a different flight. When I pointed out that my baggage had to be waiting because the flight had not happened, the agent laughed and told me to take it up with the TSA. I was made to wait five hours for my re-scheduled flight -- as other Los Angeles flights departed on time.
April 29, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Four former Transportation Security Administration employees were indicted in Detroit on charges they stole laptop computers and other valuables from baggage being screened at the city's international airport. The indictment follows what officials acknowledged to be serious shortcomings in airport security, despite the multibillion-dollar federal overhaul of the aviation system under the Department of Homeland Security. The U.S.
March 1, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- The beauty of Comme des Gar ç ons shows is how they make the mind wander. Whenever I see one of designer Rei Kawakubo's collections, it's like visiting a contemporary art show, one that challenges you, makes you dream, or maybe leaves you scratching your head.  The fall Comme des Gar ç ons collection was more straightforward than some of Kawakubo's recent outings. It was a meditation on knitwear, in all it's comfy, cozy, security blanket glory, as well as its camouflaging, concealing, constraining potential.
February 2, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Dallas Buyers Club Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday As the Oscars approach, some of this year's big contenders are starting to show up on home video, including this best picture based on the true story of self-medicating Texas AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, who started slinging drugs not approved by the Food and Drug Administration to people who were similarly suffering. As both a drama and a period piece (set in the mid-1980s), "Dallas Buyers Club" tries too hard to be a crowd-pleaser, to make the audience feel superior to the doctors and bigots who stood in the way of Ron and his customers.
December 20, 2013 | By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes
Will you be traveling with family during the holidays? It's not your regular trip. Besides the need to get where you're going - seeing loved ones amps up the pressure - you have the complication of weather that can cause delays and, of course, crowds that almost certainly will cause delays. Here are some tips that can save you grief; a couple of them call for you to spend money to save heartache. Usually, More for Your Money is all about saving money but in this case, your outlay of cash will be offset.
November 22, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A former baggage handler for Delta Air Lines at Los Angeles International Airport was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison for his part in a cross-country drug ring that used an employee entrance to sneak heroin and cocaine into checked luggage.  Ulysses Bluntson -- who was arrested in early 2012 -- was sentenced in U.S. District Court after he was convicted of conspiracy to enter an airport area in violation of security requirements, said...
October 13, 2013
Question: I recently had to fly to Northern Ireland after my brother's death and had my travel agency make the reservation. I was booked on British Airways, arriving at 10 a.m. in one terminal and connecting to a flight at 11:15 a.m. in another. I made it with seconds to spare. On the return trip, the flight was 30 minutes late leaving, ran into air traffic upon arrival, and I missed the connection. The travel agency said the airlines set the times, and I've contacted British Airways and am awaiting a reply.
September 27, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
There was a hole in the sleeve of Adam Brody's threadbare T-shirt. His eyes were still puffy from sleep, even though it was nearly noon. He looked as though he had rolled out of bed just moments before leaving his home in Encino and driving down to Jan's Restaurant, an old-school West Hollywood diner. He seemed nothing like Seth Cohen, the well-to-do nerd he played to great fanfare on the popular teen soap "The O.C. " But it's been six years since the Fox program went off the air, and a lot has changed.
September 6, 2009
Regarding "Such Carrying On," by Catharine Hamm ["On the Spot," Aug. 23]. Another increase in baggage fees? Where does it all end? The worst of it is they charge you to handle your bag, yet they are not responsible for damage that occurs. I guess the only solution is to carry on and cram the overhead luggage bins to the brim. Because I am entitled to two carry-on items, I'm thinking two Rollaboards, and stuffing my purse and food in one of them. Bettie Roman West Hills
September 18, 2001
For too long, commercial airline passengers have been permitted to haul aboard all shapes and sizes of carry-on baggage which should be carried in the plane's cargo compartment. Instead of merely restricting the numbers and size of this baggage, the FAA and individual airlines should ban carry-on items altogether. Yes, there would be minor inconveniences for passengers; they would all need to claim their baggage at the final destination. However, the time saved by being able to board and deplane in an efficient and expeditious manner would compensate for that.
August 29, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
A 23-year-old former Marine faces multiple felony charges after he allegedly tried to take a non-lethal grenade and artillery fuses onto a plane at John Wayne Airport, authorities said Thursday. Gregory Salyer -- a recently discharged Marine who is from Kentucky -- has been charged with one felony count of placing a destructive device in a checked baggage, two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, one felony count of receiving stolen property and one misdemeanor count of carrying a switch-blade knife on his person, the Orange County district attorney's office said.
August 4, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
Travelers be warned: Misconduct cases among airport screeners jumped 26% in a recent three-year period. But the chance of an airport screener pilfering a laptop computer from your bag is still slimmer than winning the lottery, according to the union representing Transportation Security Administration workers. The debate over the integrity of TSA screeners heated up last week with the release of an audit by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which found 9,622 cases of misconduct among TSA workers from fiscal 2010 through 2012, with a 26% increase in incidents over that time.
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