Cutting the Cable Tie at the Other End...Buying Peace of Mind
In 2004, on my way to Japan, I noticed that SFO has (or had?) a personal inspection and shrink-wrap service. I suppose it was for the uuber paranoid. Get it
-- inspected by the authorized agents right there adjacent to the ticketing area
-- sealed with a special seal or tag
-- shrink wrapped
-- trucked/dollied to the sterile or boarding area or to the more secure baggage loading area
-- get a stub or document for ownership verification
IIRC, that cost some $20 or $30 per piece. For those with plenty of slack time or arriving VERY very early, and who want real peace of mind you can buy (other than what comes with your ticket purchase, hehehe), this service probably cannot be beat. Dunno if it still exists. Such a continued program would serve as an indictment that TSA and other inspection agent services cannot be trusted, I suppose...