UK Independent: Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Beware bag searches by America's Transport Security Administration Q. My luggage had been opened by TSA security staff as I left the US. Although nothing was missing, they undid my careful packing. Clothes were crushed and other items left scattered about the case. Do I have any redress? A. ... Many of us do everything we can to avoid checking in bags under any circumstances. Searches by TSA staff are just one of the possible hazards.