A reader is alarmed that my bag made it onto the flight without me:
if it were me I would contact DOHS (doh !) and FAA at once with the details. Heads should roll.That was a very, very bad thing that happened. That's so elementary it predates 9/11 by more than a decade. I can remember flights I took in Europeback in the 1980's where all baggage was removed from the plane, lined up on the tarmac and all passengers made to deplane and identify their bags. Unclaimed bag = no flight.
I had suspected this was a problem. I've now called TSA's press office for an answer. I'll let y'all know what I find out.