He put _illegal_, _card-forging_, devices _into checked baggage_ on _Southwest_?! And then when the bag went missing, he didn't scarper himself, and instead _called in to claim lost baggage_?!
And it all could have been avoided if he'd driven to Phoenix instead. At about 11-12 hours it'd have been a long road trip, but quite doable either as a single long run or as two 6-hour or so runs over two days.