I think they use your tripod to leverage the luggage.
I think you travelled during the period where the French airport staffs went on strike is it?
Your tripod actually looked like it dropped out of the luggage container and got crushed by another baggage truck
The most embarrassed luggage mishap I saw was some years back in Shanghai. An Ang Mo lady's luggage broke opened along the conveyor belt spilling her bras, underwear, and other belongings along the conveyor belts. And I dunno whether I should help picked up her undies
After that I always put a lock band across my luggage to avoid such incidents happening to myself
im amazed that they even have the guts to return it to you.....
That lock band has another useful purpose of making your luggage more recognisable... there are some clowns in the airports that will just happily take the 1st luggage that comes along which looks somewhat like their own.
And there are some that will even mistakenly take a case of a completely different colour and brand!
any update from SQ?
There is a whole list of rules regarding that. For eg, if you fly SQ to malaysia, then hop thai airways to bangkok, den hop a british air flight to USA, the last plane you sat on will be responsible for fixing your bag. No prob de.
However, the contents of the bag is not so clear de..
Actually last time they broke my luggage and they promptly offer to "repair" it. They told me that as long as it is repair-able they will repair it. If not, they will replace it with the new one. So my suggestion is to try to follow up with SQ and see what they say ...
well, they finally replied...after more than 3 weeks. To cut a long story short, they sent a letter expressing their sincere apologies and the usual PR/Comms and self-flagellation statements about not being able to provide the service standards they try to maintain...yada yada. The main gist was, the item was considered fragile in nature, and under the General Conditions of Carriage, the airline (SQ) is excluded from liabilities of fragile items. Notwithstanding the above, on goodwill gesture, they are prepared to offer SGD 75 in full and final settlement. They also realise that the amount might not meet my expectations (damn right it doesn't), but they seek my understanding that they are sincere in their proposal, and hope that i will accept this offer with the spirit it is given (which is what? to get me to shut up and stop bugging them?).
Omg... This is shocking a tripod is being damaged to this state ... $75 cannot even buy a benro to replace your tripod.... This is really shocking since it's a world class airline and only pay $75 to compensate for what they did...
Let's get rolling :)
Maybe France people hate Italian's thing, next time go France must use Gitzo. LOL
I believe airlines have limited liability if items gets damaged. It should be stated on their websites.
Sorry to hear about your tripod.
IMO, the best bet is to purchase travel insurance prior to any trip. Compensation for such damages would be paid out with minimal hassle. For example, most 'general travel' insurance would pay ~$200 for every 8hr delay per baggage. Depending on the policy, a 2 day delay of 2 luggages would get you ~ $1K compensation.