Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) August 27, 2013
Amazingly, over 29 million pieces of checked luggage were either delayed, lost or had items stolen from them in 2010 alone. That's more than 3,000 pieces of luggage missing or being tampered with every hour of every day of the year. Thankfully, the vast majority of checked luggage arrives on time and unmolested but clearly there is a real possibility of any traveler having their luggage mishandled or lost. In many cases lost bags never find their way back because finding the owner is just too difficult.
It is impossible to guarantee that luggage will never get lost, stolen or mishandled but the following tips can improve the odds for any traveler.
PREVENTING AND RECOVERING LOST LUGGAGE
“Lost” luggage does not actually vanish; it is virtually always found by someone. The problem occurs when the finders, including airlines personnel, have no easy way to identify and contact the owner. Okoban® tracker tags from http://www.mystufflostandfound.com solve the problem by connecting finders with owners quickly, securely and privately, anywhere in the world.
1-Protect all luggage and other valuables with Okoban tracker tags and luggage tags from mystufflostandfound.com
2-Check in early and avoid short layovers.
3-Remove anything that is likely to get stuck in conveyer belts or other machinery.
4-Travel light – less taken means less to lose.
5-Know the airport abbreviation for the destination airport and be sure the agent applies the right tag.
6-Clean bags of all old tags from previous trips.
PREVENT LUGGAGE FROM BEING TAMPERED WITH
Valuables are sometimes removed from luggage but there is also the risk that a targeted bag will have something illicit added to it, making it part of a scam and destined to be stolen at baggage claim. If the illegal contents are discovered by security the owner, is held accountable unless they are able to prove the bag was tampered with.
1-Use a TSA accepted lock or luggage strap on all bags. Better yet, purchase luggage with built in TSA accepted locks.
2-Remember that luggage does not need to look impossible to get into, it just needs to look more difficult to get into than the bag next to it. Hard sided zipperless bags with built-in locks are the most difficult to get into.
3-Consider an airport wrapping service that covers luggage in a tight plastic layer.
4-Run a strip of tape or band around a bag that covers the zipper.
5-Immediately after landing inspect all luggage.
DISCOURAGE THIEVES FROM TARGETING A BAG
Thieves look for high value, low risk targets.
1-Don't check expensive looking luggage.
2-Make each bag look unique and identifiable by adding a bright colored strap, tag or tassel.
3-Have a list of all contents in case there is a dispute over who actually owns the bag.
4-Be one of the first passengers to arrive at the baggage carousel.
5-Beware of distractions like loud arguments or accidents that thieves may use to divert attention away from themselves.
6-Never check extremely valuable items or items that are indispensable.
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