Some recent headlines describe luggage raiding as a continued risk for travelers:
- New TSA ‘theft’ leaves teen’s bag $100 lighter
- TSA worker who stole from LAX luggage was tripped by Ebay, officials say
Who touches your luggage?
When you leave your home on a trip, many people in addition to the TSA are likely to come in contact with your luggage:
- taxi, bus and limo drivers
- rental car employees
- airline baggage handlers
- hotel employees
Implement these baggage precautions
Some precautions travelers can take that reduce their luggage risk include:
- Lay out all the items you will pack in your bag and snap a couple of photos of it. That way, if you have to make a claim, you’re more likely to remember what was in the bag.
- Keep electronics with you in your carry-on instead of packing it and checking the bag.
- Leave jewelry, expensive shoes, and other valuables at home. If you must take them, wear them.
- Medications should always stay with you in your carry-on just in case the bag is delayed or lost.
Consider a TSA-approved lock for your checked baggage. Two companies sell them:
See the TSA’s baggage locks information.