Maki sosyo na ako with your thread ha, BADMONKEY
Before I forget, I will share with you...
Be careful of what you put in your checked in luggage if you are departing or passing through Hongkong.
There have been quite a number of losses reported by arriving travellers about lost items in their checked in luggage. The common denominator is HK as the originating airport.
Now, remember... oo, VIP ka.. but if you are not the one who gets your luggage off the carousels... you cannot claim for losses from the airline.
Of course, you can have the NAIA personnel tasked with assistance to do that for you, and still claim from the airline for losses.
I really do not know the procedure for claiming losses, aside from reporting an opened or tampered suitcase BEFORE leaving the Arrival premises... they weigh your suitcase and compare it with the checked in weight.
Another thing.. while waiting at the predeparture area/s of the HK airport ... mind your bags well. Incidents have been reported, that sa isang kisap mata... poof!! wala na your carry on or purse that you put just beside you. The HK airport authorities are now looking into this increasingly not-so-rare occurrences... (IMO, kasabwat the cleaning crews or concessionare personnel operating within the pre-departure areas)
So when this prominent marketer related his very unfortunate and expensive loss while waiting at a gate of the HK airport... o ano, sabi ko kay hubby.. eh you laugh at me and call me OC that when I plunk down my Birkin and carry-on just there beside me... I go to the trouble of looping a gadget's thin wire through the handles of my Birkin and carry-on through the chair.. (It comes with 3-digit numbers to lock, and the wire unravels to a max 1.25meter length. The gadget fits the small palm of a toddler, and bought it from Travel Club) haha, if anybody is going to run off with my bag or carry-on, sige buhatin nya pati the row of chairs, including me seated on it. LOL, magka hernia sya for sure.