> if the minions of the airport security organs decide they want to examine the
> contents of your bag, a not uncommon situation, IME.
That does not seem to happen. We hand the 'bags' over at check-in and off they go on the conveyor belt, no worries. We pick them off the carousel at the far end, extract the packs, and then go through Passport/Customs etc.
Going into Europe, at Charles de Gaule Airport (Paris): get pack off carousel, go through passport control, walk into concourse. Sure, plenty of French military types in black around with machine guns, but actual baggage checks? Geneva (Switzerland) was similar, as was Rome (Italy).
Actually, if they want to look inside the pack as it goes onto the plane, I would expect them to have me present. But they don't seem to do that, although they DO make sure ALL bags are accompanied. That, they do check carefully. Oh well.