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Re: "Watch my bags!"
« Reply #45 on: July 28, 2014, 04:20:11 PM »
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Well I have been sitting waiting for a flight and I have done this plenty of times.  Just because you won't do it doesn't mean others can't or won't.  I have traded the watching plenty if times with someone I habe sat beside for awhile.   

I have never heard announcements not to watch other bags.  The announcement I have heard are to report unattended bags.  If you agree to watch the aren't unattended. It is a very common practice that I don't mind doing if I feel the person is trustworthy.

Good luck getting the police to buy that if someone leaves you watching an illegal / unsafe bag & you don't know that at the time. Or the people you helped have slipped something into your bag.  :-X

That's sort of the point , you are being instructed to report an unattended bag therefore a way to avoid a bag you intend to abandon being reported is to have someone "attend" it.

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Re: "Watch my bags!"
« Reply #46 on: July 28, 2014, 05:15:54 PM »
For a mom with her hands full of kids or someone who is elderly or disabled, I might agree to keep an eye on a bag if they asked nicely.  However, the very way the woman in the OP acted was not only outright rude, but suspicious...like she's trying to make things move so fast that the OP wouldn't have time to think or say no.  From the way it ended it sounds like she was just self-entitled and etiquette impaired, but initally, I almost wondered if she didn't see a security officer approaching with a K-9 unit.  "Oh, shoot, the dog's going to sniff me out!  Quick, make it look like this bag isn't mine!"

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Re: "Watch my bags!"
« Reply #47 on: July 28, 2014, 11:13:30 PM »
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Sneaking a bomb through security just to leave it in boarding lounge?

The bag could have come from somewhere within the airport.  Security is not 100% airtight.  It is, however, stringent enough that someone who is up to no good might find it easier to exploit the weaknesses within the airport than trying to get something through the front door.

And a bomb going off in the boarding lounge can still kill and main and cause terror.  Anywhere that people queue or wait in numbers is an attractive target for terrorists.

I don't understand why anyone thinks its ok to watch a stranger's bag when there are regular announcements telling everyone specifically not to do it.  People shouldn't be so casual about something so important.

I think what the OP did was the safe thing--for all of us!

Well I have been sitting waiting for a flight and I have done this plenty of times.  Just because you won't do it doesn't mean others can't or won't.  I have traded the watching plenty if times with someone I habe sat beside for awhile.   

I have never heard announcements not to watch other bags.  The announcement I have heard are to report unattended bags.  If you agree to watch the aren't unattended.  It is a very common practice that I don't mind doing if I feel the person is trustworthy.

It's not my preference.  I'm just following the rules.  People are supposed to keep their bags with them at all times, (or with someone they know).  I don't think its wise to take charge of a stranger's bag for a number of reasons.  They could fail to return before you need to board.  They could be up to no good.  They could have contraband is a bag that you now have possession of.

It is also an old trick that someone will ask someone to watch their bags and then insist on reciprocating only to make off with their valuables.

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Re: "Watch my bags!"
« Reply #48 on: July 28, 2014, 11:37:59 PM »
I travel with a lot of carryons, usually alone, and I somehow manage to lug them to and from the toilet with me - even when I transitted through china and had a 8 hour stopover at 20 weeks pregnant!     Still, at the end of the day people make their own risk determinations. 

The only time I let somebody watch my bags or leave their own was a lady who was actually my seat companion on the inbound flight, so we had 12 hours sitting next to each other and were then found a cafe at our layover airport to camp out while waiting for our next flight.   I was pretty confident she was legit, if she had anything dodgy to put in my bag she would already have had to smuggle it through multiple security points on and off the previous flight, and if she tried to steal my stuff she wouldn't get far unless she had somehow planned ahead to jump on a different flight out of there.  We were in a transit lounge with no external access.   So she and I did both leave on occasion for quick bathroom breaks, and it was much more convenient than carting all my stuff around.   In those circumstances though we had become travelling companions by that point!
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Re: "Watch my bags!"
« Reply #49 on: August 02, 2014, 07:00:30 PM »
I'm very startled to hear people say that they've left their bags behind for long periods of time without it being remarked on!  I was traveling by myself at some point (maybe two years ago??) and I left my bag unattended for five minutes to go to the restroom.  By the time I got back, someone had already reported it, and a police officer was taking notes.  He scolded me for leaving it there, and told me in the future I could leave it with a security officer if I saw one, but barring that, it should go everywhere I go.