Photographer Jess Dugan had her camera gear stolen on a recent JetBlue flight from Chicago to Boston and she received the usual response from the airline: ‘we are not responsible.’
The camera gear was in some of her checked luggage and as Dugan mentions on her blog she had reached her carry-on limit of camera gear and had no choice but to check the remaining cameras and lenses. When she retrieved her luggage in Boston, the checked camera gear was gone.
She admits that she did not use a TSA approved lock and that would have been my first thought: why no lock? While she did not addressed that question it appears that TSA locks are no guarantee that your property will not be stolen. Since TSA locks are designed to be opened by TSA screeners if needed, items seem to still disappear. The locks can be cut off and it happens. Since the TSA has a key to open the lock, then they would not need to cutoff the lock. So is a cutoff lock an indication that baggage handlers are the culprit? … Continue Reading