Travel Safety - Part 2: How to Protect your Luggage in AirportsBy Robert Siciliano September 19, 2012 | 10:00 AMPosted in: Personal Safety, Travel
and more airport security reports are coming in that the baggage handlers
themselves are actually slicing open your luggage with razor blades and
removing your valuables. For your travel safety, follow these security tips to protect your luggage in airports:
Follow FAA guidelines for what to
pack, what you can’t pack and how much you can pack. What a passenger can and
cannot take on a plane is listed on www.FAA.gov and no exceptions are made.
If you must check your luggage,
wait to see it go into the “chute” after it is taken from you.
When riding in a shuttle bus,
don’t let your luggage leave your side no matter what. The rear compartment can
be opened while the bus is stopped at a traffic light. People are constantly
getting on and off the bus at different stops just to steal luggage.
Because tags fall off or get
ripped off, put photocopies of your passport, ID, and itinerary in your
luggage. In case a bag gets lost, someone who recovers it will be able to
forward it to you.
Place any baggage, laptops, or
briefcases on the counter in front of you when you stand at rental car, hotel,
and airport ticket counters. If you put these at your feet to the left, right,
or behind you, you become a prime target for distraction thieves. For example:
a very emotional person walks up to you while you are waiting for the clerk at
the counter, asks you how to get to the Alamo, and then starts to cry. In the
confusion, an accomplice sneaks up behind you and removes the laptop that you
placed on the floor next to you.
Don’t take your eyes off your
belongings while they are going through security or screening checkpoints. This
is a prime location for distraction thieves to steal laptops, pocketbooks, and
briefcases. Once you put your belongings on the movable belt, one thief
distracts you from immediately going through the metal detector by either
dropping a handful of change, causing a scene, clipping a metal object to the
back of your coat that will cause a delay, or saying, “Hey, don’t I know you?”—
anything to keep you from going through the metal detector for 30 seconds while
the accomplice walks through clean and picks up your belongings. If you become
distracted for an instant your valuables are gone! With security as tight as it
is and all the security camera
systems, this crime is harder to commit but still being
Never leave your bags unattended.
They can be stolen. It happens every day. Do not overstuff your luggage. It can
pop open easily. In addition, stuffed luggage looks to a thief as if there
might be something of value in it.
Don’t use fancy, expensive luggage.
It’s a red flag to a thief.
Put all electronics, cash,
jewelry, medicine, and important papers in your carry-on luggage.
Trust your gut. Instincts play a
huge role in your personal security.
Robert Siciliano personal and
home security specialist to Home Security Source discussing ADT Pulse on Fox News Live. Disclosures
Travel Safety - Part 1: Top Airport Security Tips
Planning To Travel Safely And Securely
Safety Tips for Women Traveling Alone
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