How to Prevent Holiday Luggage Theft

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Beyond The Headline

The holiday travel season in upon us and that means thousands of bags will be moving through the nation’s airports over the next month. To protect your bags you’ve got to be careful, otherwise what you packed might not be inside when you get to the baggage carousel.

Here are some tips to keep your bags safe over the holidays.

Get to baggage claim quickly. Don’t lollygag, don’t go to the bathroom, don’t get a cup of coffee, make sure you stand next to the carousel and watch your bag come off the conveyor. The sooner you get there, the more likely you are to leave with your bag, instead of someone else.

You’ve got that junky suitcase you’re embarrassed to travel with? Don’t be, that’s the one you should travel with. Designer bags are a magnet for thieves, who are betting there’s something nice inside your Louis Vuitton suitcase.

Finally, if your bags do go missing, file the claim quickly. Some airlines give passengers only four hours to file a claim for a reimbursement, after that it’s your loss.