April 6, 1986
Returning international travelers should be warned that lost luggage may not be promptly returned when found, because of U.S. Customs. Upon returning from a very pleasant European ski trip my bag was the only one missing at LAX, although Air France had located it and would forward it by a more direct route to San Diego. The bad news was, as I found later, that U.S. Customs had intercepted it in Houston, and I did not receive it for almost a week, plus the air freight charge required for bonded luggage was $32.55.
January 18, 1987
We can't thank Jerry Hulse enough for the Travel Tip concerning the proper way of checking your luggage when traveling (Dec. 4). Although the outline he gave is printed on our ticket jackets, most passengers don't realize that there is a great deal they can do to aid airlines in not misrouting or delaying their luggage. Hopefully, your readers will take heed and practice Jerry's excellent suggestions. His column is always informative and a pleasure to read. MONICA KLARWEIN supervisor L.A. Baggage Service United Airlines
June 24, 2011 |
In the last two months, two U.S. Transportation Security Administration officers have been arrested on suspicion of stealing from passenger luggage at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) -- incidents that leave me worrying about how often such theft happens. Judging from official statistics, it seems rare -- or maybe the culprits just don't get caught very often. On Thursday, TSA officer Paul Yashou, 37, was arrested on suspicion of taking $30,000 worth of items from suitcases at the airport , according to this Daily Breeze story , which also said that a police search of Yashou's home turned up "numerous items belonging to LAX passengers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 |
An unattended piece of empty luggage shut down a parking lot at Glendale Community College on Monday morning after the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's bomb squad was called in to investigate. The luggage, discovered in Parking Lot C off East Mountain Street at 7 a.m., was reported first to the college's police department, which called in Glendale police and later the bomb squad, the Glendale News-Press reported. “It turned out to be an empty piece of luggage,” said Glendale Community College Police Chief Gary Montecuollo.
October 27, 2011 |
While the nation's airlines continue to blame higher fuel costs for cutting into profits, the industry continues to pocket hefty revenue from fees. The country's largest airlines collected $1.5 billion in fees from checked luggage and reservation change charges in April, May and June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The fees collected for the second quarter represent a 1% increase from the same period last year and were up 8.5% from the previous three months, according to the bureau.
December 13, 2010 |
If you are flying during the holiday season, airline statistics show that the chances of having your luggage lost, misplaced or pilfered increase as the number of passengers boarding planes goes up. But the rate of lost luggage may not be as high as it has been in the past. FOR THE RECORD: Airport security: An item in the Dec. 13 Travel Briefcase column in Business about security checkpoints reported that actress Donna D'Errico complained to KLTA about her treatment by Transportation Security Administration officials at Los Angeles International Airport.