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mike, i do feel sorry for AA battery issue. but, if you think from Indian's point of view, particularly in the recent years several thousands of people's lives were lost by many forms of bombings which they could not foresee, poor indians thought even those AA batterie are bombs!!!. it just tells how much Indians have lost in the recent past and through such unexplainable (things look obviously "not" dangerous to us, may look dangerous to them) items. i do not blame for not knowing these things, it is just the media does not bother about such events in those "third world countries".
i hope you could cope up with your nine-hour flight. what was the airline you flew from india? if it was gulf or similar airlines, it has been frequently reported that luggages were lost. would you mind telling the airline? just to out things clear that it might not be the fault of "Indians" and their buerocracy for loosing the luggage.