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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.
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April 6, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Returning from a recent leisure trip to Miami, Jerry Jorgensen landed in Detroit only to face one of the biggest frustrations of air travel: His bag was nowhere to be found. After making several dozen calls, Jorgensen got American Airlines to return his bag. But the Michigan dairy farmer was not happy. The airline “passed me around on the phone like a hot potato,” he said. The good news is that airlines worldwide eventually recover 97% of mishandled bags. That is one of 10 surprising facts about flying with luggage that came out of a new study by international air transport technology specialist SITA.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Richard Winton, Kate Mather and Dan Weikel
Authorities are still trying  determine how long an alleged theft ring at Los Angeles International Airport was operating, but say a group of baggage handlers was responsible for one of the largest property heists in the airport's history. As of Thursday, s ix people were arrested in the case, but officials said as many as 25 are thought to be involved in the scheme.  Police said that for months the workers rifled through bags as they separated them for flights going to destinations around the world, looking for items to steal and then sell, sometimes using Craigslist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
In what officials believe is one of the biggest baggage theft operations in Los Angeles International Airport history, authorities on Thursday said they suspect at least 14 baggage handlers of stealing thousands of dollars in electronics, jewelry and other high-priced items. Police allege that the thieves worked in tandem for at least several months, stealing from bags and other property in a secured area of the airport. Some of the items were then sold on Craigslist. Detectives are still trying to tally the total losses and identify the victims.
TRAVEL
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
TRAVEL
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)
TRAVEL
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
An investigation into a baggage theft operation at Los Angeles International Airport has grown rapidly, and authorities now say as many as 25 baggage handler may ultimately be detained in the case. Police said the theft operation -- probably one of the biggest in LAX history -- preyed on travelers and resulted in the theft of “thousands upon thousands of dollars” in electronics, jewelry and other items from luggage as it moved through the airport. So far, six baggage handlers have been arrested and eight others detained in the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
In what officials believe is one of the biggest baggage theft operations in Los Angeles International Airport history, authorities on Thursday said they suspect at least 14 baggage handlers of stealing thousands of dollars in electronics, jewelry and other high-priced items. Police allege that the thieves worked in tandem for at least several months, stealing from bags and other property in a secured area of the airport. Some of the items were then sold on Craigslist. Detectives are still trying to tally the total losses and identify the victims.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
An investigation into a baggage theft operation at Los Angeles International Airport has grown rapidly, and authorities now say as many as 25 baggage handler may ultimately be detained in the case. Police said the theft operation -- probably one of the biggest in LAX history -- preyed on travelers and resulted in the theft of “thousands upon thousands of dollars” in electronics, jewelry and other items from luggage as it moved through the airport. So far, six baggage handlers have been arrested and eight others detained in the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
AUTOS
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
TRAVEL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
TRAVEL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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...
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