I have travelled twice with Cathay Pacific, Sydney to Rome to Catania in the last 2 years and every time I get my bags back I have a white cable tie on the zip with 'HK' on it. This time around when I picked my bag from lost and found at Catania, I also had a dogana tag on it. My bag was supposed to be checked through to the Catania,and it was always going to go through the secure dogana area where it would be scanned, but the bag went missing in Rome so I was not with the bag when it was scanned.
My question is did customs open my bag at both airports? Everything in the bag was a mess this time round, but I'm not sure if this was because of the way it was handled. Some loose tea boxes opened, though package within undamaged.