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Fursuits in the News [Apr. 8th, 2005|12:12 pm]
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Minutes after checking in luggage containing two animal costumes, the passenger in question spotted a baggage handler riding across the tarmac wearing one of his costumes. (A camel suit, evidently a single-person model.)

Qantas representative quote: "We are acutely aware of heightened community concerns around the security of baggage."

My fantasy Qantas quote: "We fired that asshat and we encourage you to sue him."

So remember, when travelling with fursuits, that the TSA can mess with them, as well as baggage handlers. Oh, and airline staff. Possibly others, too. But airlines are really really terrorist-proof-level secure now! Honest!

[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2005-04-08 07:24 pm (UTC)
I heard about that and I was horrified. I'm flying down to Melbourne today with Rattus in my luggage. I'd be distraught if anyone did that with my fursuit. Ristin assures me Rattus is perfectly safe, especially after this incident.
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[User Picture]From: rummy_raccoon
2005-04-08 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'd be frothing at the mouth if i saw someone wearing my suit like that.
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2005-04-08 07:58 pm (UTC)
I guess the only way to be safe from maurauding baggage handlers, is to wear the costumes on the plane.

Although the image of Widge standing with legs spread as they run the metal detector over him is kind of amusing :)
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2005-04-09 04:40 am (UTC)
I recall someone half-seriously suggesting that... wear the suit on the plane, except the head, which is carried on and stowed.

Trouble is, the seats these days are pretty darn small, and I think most fursuit heads are over the size limit for carryon.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-04-18 07:02 pm (UTC)
nice to see someone across the pond

Oi, you can see me from there? I must disguise myself at once! Where'd I put my cardboard beard?
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[User Picture]From: diadexxus
2005-04-08 07:59 pm (UTC)
my stuff HAS been fucked with by the TSA... I got a nice "HATE LETTER" by them, written on my "Please repack as found" note I leave on the top of all my action packers... It said something along the line of "FUCK YOU, be thankful you got all your shit back"

Lovely, huh?

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[User Picture]From: ysengrin
2005-04-08 09:28 pm (UTC)
Did you ever hear anything back about that?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-04-08 10:40 pm (UTC)
I well remember that scary incident. TSA employees were already on my "worry" list. :,
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[User Picture]From: traveller_blues
2005-04-08 09:35 pm (UTC)
Dangit, Jim. That's no way to become a camel jockey!

Heh. Seriously, though, that's definitely a very personal violation. Yow.

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[User Picture]From: chipuni
2005-04-08 10:11 pm (UTC)
That... is... ridiculous.


Extremely unprofessional, extremely wrong.
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[User Picture]From: audiwulf
2005-04-08 10:18 pm (UTC)
I worked for the airlines long enough to know this: your luggage is not sacred to most handlers. Most of them aren't paid well enough to care.
I've seen a customer dog-cuss a representative on checkin, and the representive go back to the bag room and kerbitchstomp the crap out of their luggage in kind. And this was a small city. In hubs, ramp service agents do not interface with the customers, and never make that human connection in which the bag's owner entrusts another with their personal items. To them, your bad is just another overstuffed, overweight, odd-shaped piece of crap which is going to make it that much harder to properly load the aircraft. When you operate in a low-pay, high stress environment like an airline hub, you only care about making it to the end of the day and collecting a paycheck in the process. Everything else is a headache.

Admittedly, the RSA in question was an exceptional breed of cretin. Worst thing we ever did on the ramp were Chinese firedrills with the ground service equipment to amuse the "windows monkeys", aka passengers. And I did wear a complete Southwest Airlines ramp getup to work one day. That was boss, as Southwest doesn't fly in here yet, and the local staff fears getting put out of a job by a low-cost carrier. Never has any article of clothing I've work cause as much paranoia.

One last point. If it's THAT critical, find an alternative method of transit to ensure that your items are at least insured.
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[User Picture]From: 3catsjackson
2005-04-08 11:41 pm (UTC)
You mean those perverts I saw on CSI really just represent the lifestyle of out-of-control baggage handlers? What a relief!
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[User Picture]From: crssafox
2005-04-09 12:55 am (UTC)
I remember reading about that, and I'd be pretty upset too, if someone took my costume out and started wearing it/playing it! Though it was probably some teenager that said to himself, "Cool, I've always wanted to try one of these on!!"

Though, if it were a teenager, you'd think he'd be more careful about trying on someone's fursuit after the MTV and CSI "scandals." :P
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[User Picture]From: arrowtwolf
2005-04-09 03:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's silly, and yeah, it's a sucky thing to do to someone's luggage.

Uhm, how much does this have to do with America/the TSA?

The TSA isn't in Australia and as far as I know we're the only ones going crazy-go-nuts about airline security. The man was on an Australian airline flying from Syndey to Melbourne.
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