Ok, AlexandarB, I've made a few comparisons on this board in favor of contemporary NYC over BA in terms of less day-to-day corruption, so let's have an honest and rational conversation.
I think the difference between here and NYC is that in NYC it makes the news.
Particularly in the US, someone actually had the trust/stupidity to put, what did that lady say?, 160k US of jewelry in checked baggage? Damn, just buy a house with that (you know, in the hinterlands, just a downpayment in the big apple). That is ridiculous, and probably someone up to something else. Would you put that amount of anything into checked luggage?
Personally, if they raid my luggage, they will find the hottest shirts from the GAP and some dirty boxers. Please baggage handlers, leave those Adidas alone, they're twice as pricey in Argentina. I mean really, put anything of value in checked luggage and you're asking for it.
Yeah, I didn't really add anything beyond what was added above. I know. Perhaps you are or feel you are more the object of it in Argentina.