I returned from a trip about 2-3 weeks ago. While at a French airport, I was told that I had to check-in my camera tripod even though it had followed me on board the plane on my travels around the world. Not wanting to argue with the non-English speaking French airport staff, i did as i was told against my better judgement, and checked it in. When I got back to Singapore, all three items that i checked in (2 suitcases and 1 tripod) were not on the conveyor belt.
While i got back my two suitcases two days later, my tripod only got delivered after about one week. Lo and behold, when i unwrapped the package, i found that two of the legs had broken off. One of them was bent and the other had the catches all broken (it was even crushed, like how one would press the end of a straw with thumb and index finger). Parts had broken off the tripod and were missing. It would not have looked so bad if a truck had run over it. I don't think i would have been able to do so much damage to it even if i deliberately wanted to destroy it.
Really makes one wonder how our luggage gets handled by airport staff. Good thing it was not my Manfrotto...
Crushed, with the rubber "foot" missing.
Needless to say, the plastic catches were broken.