One of the last things you usually worry about when planning an exciting trip somewhere exotic is the safety of your luggage during the flight/inside the airport/at the hotel. But can you ever truly be convinced that your items are well protected against potential threats, including theft or improper handling/loss? In case you have had your bags lost while flying before, you probably know exactly what we are talking about. If it hasn't happened to you so far, you should go ahead and take all the necessary precaution measures to ensure that it will not happen – at least because of your own ignorance.
TSA Employee Thefts Are Real
You must have heard of a the number of TSA employees who have been involved in drug trading and robbery rings. Since these people are the actual security experts you would expect to keep you safe inside an airport, can you imagine what happens among luggage handlers and agents placed at the airport gates? Since it doesn't take more than a few seconds to steal something from a bag in such a crowded space like an airport, the risks are even higher. But TSA personnel is not the only one that could potentially steal precious items from your luggage during the flight. Even fellow travelers are at times guilty of the charge.
Of course the solution is not to become fully paranoid and stop enjoying every moment of your trip because you are afraid someone might try to steal something from your bags. But you should do everything in your power to make it as difficult as possible for anyone to get near the inside of our bags.
How To Keep Your Belonging Safe When Flying
Use clear plastic bags for the most important items you will be traveling with, including your identification papers, airplane ticket, wallet, jewelry and so on. This way, you will be hiding everything in plain sight. This should keep potential thieves away from these bags, and give them no incentive to open them and take a look inside – especially since they know you will immediately notice the bag missing.
This clear bag method should also be useful when going through the luggage security machines.
You can also reserve a separate – and obvious – pocket of the carry-on luggage and place your most important items in it. One of the most important advantages of using a single location for storing all of your important items when traveling comes from the fact that you will have a much easier time figuring out when something is missing. You will not have to rifle around and see if your cash is missing.
Use Portable Locks And Padlocks
Rely on padlocks for your bags when traveling; talk to the nearest locksmith service in town and find out what kind of options they have for you. Let the recommend the best types of portable locks you can attach to your luggage and laptop bags. Preferably, use commercial grade padlocks that are difficult to break without drawing any attention.
Use portable door locks and door stoppers for your hotel room and use the hotel safe for your most precious items.