I flew to Orange County airport a couple of days ago. As with all air travel now, I was subject to the usual scrutiny applied to air travellers: ignominious searches of everything, needless or not.
This includes my checked baggage, as confirmed by cute shiny “Inspected by the TSA” stickers on the American Airlines generated routing tags.
When I got to the hotel, I unpacked and found myself light one shoe, and the belt held within it. I know I packed it, and that it made the trip to the airport. So, it was lost while in the forced trust of the TSA.
It’s not all that much, as shoes go: a black, inexpensive loafer (with a cheap, brown woven belt within: I’m packing like the Queer Eye guys suggest!). So, it’s not a huge loss, except that I’m going to professional meetings in brown shoes wearing a black belt. Trust me, this is a crowd that won’t notice.
Anyway, it’s annoying. Keep a lookout for a DFW TSA person wearing one black loafer, wearing a brown belt. If you find such a person, let me know.
I emailed the TSA using their ‘customer service’ form, inquiring as to the whereabouts of my belongings entrusted to them. I’m holding my breath for a reply.