Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader David, who as an “airport inspector” says:
“I am an airport inspector and, on a daily basis, I see what goes on once you hand your luggage over to the airlines. There is the very real danger of:
- Theft from your luggage
- Smugglers placing contraband into your luggage for pickup at your destination
- The actual baggage handling system physically damaging your luggage
“Thieves generally target soft-sided bags that use zippers to stay shut. This type of bag is very easy to break into and then reseal with no evidence of tampering. As a result, my team and I travel with only hard-sided, latch-closed suitcases. My favorite is the Samsonite S’Cure.”
Related: Bring Extra Luggage Locks
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Hi Johnny, Let me add something I learned the hard way. My wife and I were on a flight from Hong Kong to Penang. We were in coach and seated in the first row of coach. The overheads were full so we had to stow our bags several rows back. When we got to our destination, I found my shaving kit was missing from my carry-on bag. Fortunately, the only thing missing were some small toiletries, my spare contacts, etc. I had neglected to lock it, and that stuff was gone. I had neglected to lock it in HKG. Please advise readers to be within sight of your carry-on and lock it as I neglected to do…..