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Question #14930 posted on 05/09/2005 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Last time I flew on an airplane, I noticed that the baggage handlers had put a big old chalk mark on the side of some of the checked luggage (including mine). Why do airlines do this? What does it mean?

- Goldfish Girl

A: Dear Goldfish Girl,
Most airlines randomly check random pieces of luggage. If a piece of luggage is randomly chosen for a search, some airlines will use chalk to signify the bag has been cleared. Others will leave nice notes in the luggage to let the owner know that werf's bag was searched. They're nice like that.