A: It seems that Homeland Security is going to have its "hands full" (pun intended) for a while.
After U.S. authorities requested tighter security in response to the Christmas Day attempt to bomb an airliner in Detroit, airline passengers across the world are now faced with body searches and new limits on hand luggage.
The security breach by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab of Nigeria who boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and tried to set off an incendiary device as the plane was landing should come as little surprise after the discovery twelve days earlier of a mistaken online posting containing sensitive security information of airport screening procedures.
Houston, we have a problem.
In early December after visiting family and friends in Ontario my wife Catharine and I returned from Toronto Airport to the Lower Mainland of Vancouver.
Arriving at Vancouver Airport a number of the disembarked passengers, including us, were still waiting at the airport baggage pick-up after most others were well on their way home.
"Yes, we'll have your luggage to you before 6 p.m. tonight", we were assured by the Air Canada "Delayed Baggage" representative who noted our baggage claim information on the forms we had to fill out and gave us a WorldTracer tracking number.
Some essentials were in our suitcases which finally arrived three days later, via Peking.
While the inconvenience of replacing items was one thing, the claim that must be filed within 21 days is another, but the most concerning aspect is, how did we possibly get separated from our luggage with today's modern airport security systems?
Passengers at all airports are told that they cannot be separated from their baggage, but apparently it's still okay for the airline to separate us from it; go figure.
For the return trips our suitcases took to China, my wife thinks we should also get the travel points.