Airport security has increased over the past 5 years. However, even if airport security has increased, that doesn’t meant there aren’t airport thieves out to take you for all you’re worth. It is important when traveling to increase your own personal security. Knowing how, and executing a personal property security plan is essential when traveling from airport to airport.
Luggage is a major security issue for travelers. Many years ago, your luggage could be made safer by securing them closed with a lock and key. That is no longer possible. Since you are not allowed to lock your personal positions in your own suitcase, it is best to personally hand your luggage to the initial check-in gate. Some airlines will take your luggage right from your car. However, this means it will change through more hands and be out of your sight for much longer. It is safest to keep your luggage in your position as long as possible.
Another luggage safety tip is to use an alternate address for your luggage tags. There are thieves who lurk in airports reading luggage tag addresses. If your address is on a luggage tag, it lets the thief know you will be out of town. This gives him/her your address and a free ticket to your house. It is smart to use an alternate address for your luggage tags. For example, use a business address or a friend’s address. This will keep your home and belongings safe.
When traveling through security checks, men and women are forced to separate from their suitcases and purses. They send their belongings through a conveyer belt that goes through an x-ray machine. While bags are being sent through, the owners walk through their own metal detector. Usually bags and belongings travel through the security check quicker than their owners. This can lead to theft. If you are waiting behind several people while your purse sits on the other end, someone could take it. There are many people milling around the conveyer drop-off points. Don’t let this happen to you. Instead, give your belongings to a friend behind you. Once you have gone through the metal detector, have your friend send all your belongings on the conveyer belt. This way you will be on the other side before your purse/suitcase.
Never leave you bags unattended. Carry on bags can be anything from a purse, suitcase, computer, to a diaper bag. Never leave your bags unattended or in the hands of a stranger. If you need to use the restroom, bring EVERYTHING with you. If you need to ask the desk clerk a question, take EVERYTHING with you. Don’t give someone an easy opportunity to take your belongings.
If you travel in an airport under the knowledge that you can trust no one, you will be fine. Not everyone has a good heart. It is your job to protect your belongings in an airport. Follow these airport rules to make sure your belongings always stay safe.