Possibility of Having to Put Computers & Tablets in Checked Luggage on Planes From Europe

If TSA requires us to place all electronics including laptops & tablets into our checked luggage on flights departing from Europe, do you feel confident that they will arrive safely at your destination?  Does anyone know if cameras are inside the baggage areas at airports?  I have never read anything in the papers talking about this issue should this requirement come to pass.  The policy hasn't been passed yet but the possibility is real.

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No way! I work at airports and the people that handle the bags aren't exactly people I would trust with anything. Once I locked the keys inside the company truck at SFO and a baggage handler got into the truck for me fairly quickly. Also we fired a baggage handler in early 2016 for stealing laptops. He admitted to stealing several before being caught. 2014 we fired a mechanic for stealing a laptop. If rules changed to having to put laptops and tablets into checkin then I simply wouldn't take them and only use my smartphone.

There are no cameras in the immediate area of our TSA baggage handling area behind the ticket counter. There are cameras in the CSA office but in the area where the TSA agents inspect the bags, zero cameras. Also zero cameras in the maintenance office where I work. Plenty of news stories in Google search about TSA agents and bag handlers stealing. In addition, there are lots of scenarios where your bag can end up unattended and out of view of any camera and totally unprotected from an individual who decides to steal it or steal from it. Myself, I've helped go through luggage before trying to find some identification because the owner didn't put a tag or it was pulled off somehow. Seen some wild stuff in bags, LOL! But if I had decided to do something dishonest I could have done it with little fear of being caught. So this TSA idea of laptop and tablets in checked bags is terrible.

This is not surprising! How sad that we have to be so trusting to leave our baggage unlocked so the baggage handlers can steal our stuff.

There needs to be cameras in the baggage areas for sure!!!

I sure hope that doesn't happen. What about people who work why travelling and need their computers for that?

This may spark a lap top rental business in Europe....just travel with your thumb drive.

I heard on TV that this ban will soon apply to all over seas flights. In addition, they expect the ban to then apply to all domestic flights, as well. I'll be lost without my iPad & Kindle. The kids will be bored without their video games. Oh my! This is going to be a real problem, I feel.

Whatever keeps us safe.

Guess we'll have have conversations with other flyers or read paper and ink books like back in the day. 😄

I have checked my IPAD in my luggage on numerous flights and cruises and never had a problem....now my suntan oil ... another story.

I am more concerned about terrorists than I am someone stealing my computer so all in all, I think it will become a necessary evil. That said, I don't leave it right on top either - I pad it in several layers of clothing in the middle of the luggage.


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