Did anyone have the same experience in european/south east asian airports?
I fly around Asia (anywhere from India to China to Singapore to the Philippines to Australia) at least once a month, and to the US and Europe once or twice a year, usuallly on trips involving multiple sectors, taking over 100 flights a year. In the past ten years I have never been asked for a credit card at check in, whether travelling business or economy, whether booked through an agent or on line, whether on an airline with top tier membership status or a first timer on a new route, whether carrying a briefcase or a ratty backpack. Colleagues and friends have completely different experiences on the same routes and airlines, and none of us can identify reliable theories as to why. I have come to the conclusion that airline policies are simply not to be understood by mortals nor predicted through any kind of logic. I realize that is of no help at all . . .