Also, as I explain in the book, bad employees steal high value mail — things like watches and cameras and other items that are insured. I helped the postal inspector catch perpetrators and suggested better safeguards, and the situation is improved.
But there’s still a problem with regular mail. People frequently send cash in letters to their families in poor countries and vice versa. The bad employees actually feel the envelopes, looking for cash, and then hold them up to the sunlight or the light in the belly of the plane to try to see the money. When they find it, they steal it.
So, don’t think you can send cash and get away with it. The truth is, you probably can’t.
Someone is out there, just waiting for your fat envelope.
Excerpted from the forthcoming memoir, The Baggage Handler.