We recognize ahyone's right to chase windmills, and attempt to swim upriver against the current. The current is represented by current industry practice and try as one may, one is simply NOT going to reverse it. The alternative that one has, if one wants to continue to be obdurate towards that practice is to avoid having to participate in situations where such practice is anththetical to one's personal feelings. If one wants to participate in group travel, one has to adhere to the standards and practices inherent in such. Otherwise, one doesn't participate in that mode of travel.
As we have said previously, when one has a significant amount of group travel under one's belt, one realizes that the accommodations made are form the convenience of all, and trusts the company one is traveling with. if one is so suspicious and fearful, then one should not travel with that company. Grand Circle/OAT has a track record of safety and security of their clients, their clients' belongings as well as extensive support overseas. One needs to travel a bit with the company to come to understand that.
As to twolane55's comments regarding what industry standards were and what they are now, evaluating what was in the context of what exists now is more evidence that industry standards evolve for the better. Who could argue that disallowing box cutters on flights is not for better safety and security, as is insuring that sufficient lifeboats exsit for all in the event of an emergency. That's what their examples show. And those industry standards have evolved for group travel to have uniform and efficient processing of travel documents, which include passports. If twolane55 wants to use his examples, is he/she arguing for a return to the industry standards of yesteryear for all those other examples cited?