I really think TSA is losing it…. and some of their workers need to be retrained.
My daughter flew back to England overnight. Her jewelry was in her luggage, in a small bag within her cosmetics case. When she started unpacking, she found all her jewelry scattered within the case. Her plush animals (Pooh Bear and a new horse) had been opened at a seam “for samples”… and Pooh now smells like cigar smoke. She had her Marvel figures: Capt, Bucky, Groot, Black Panther and Black Widow. Two (Groot and Widow) were still in the boxes…which they opened… and removed Groot from the backboard.
I asked if she or her father would be lodging a complaint. In order to do so, FIRST you have to lodge a complaint with the airline. You also need receipts for EVERYTHING (the only new items were Groot, Widow and the horse, and they were all GIFTS…. she doesn’t have the receipts. Pooh is as old as she is…. that receipt is LONG gone!) and repair estimates. They took Groot off the backboard… not sure how that will affect his collector’s price in years to come. Meriah can sew the plushies closed herself, BUT SHE SHOULDN’T HAVE TO!
Can you imagine how traumatizing it would have been for a little child to watch TSA cut open their beloved stuffed animals? Granted, Meriah is twenty, but the sentimental value of those items… not to mention she just got luck none of her jewelry got lost or broken… Everything is x-rayed. They have sniffer dogs. If there was no reason to further paw through someone’s things, WHY THE HELL DID THEY?? And what’s with the cigar smoke on an obviously well-loved stuffed bear?