luggage

theft deterrent

Theft deterrent?

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Stop, thief! All you have to do is ask. Rather, tell the thief: “Stop. I’m not yours.” Cute. This method hadn’t occurred to me…

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Springfield Il airport luggage scale

Springfield IL airport

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Here it is, 2014, and we are in the airport of Springfield IL, the capital of Illinois. I’m amused to see the actual, in-use,…

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6 rules for luggage security

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Another ring of airport luggage thieves has been arrested, this time at Los Angeles International Airport. So? Big deal. I’m not impressed. Not relieved….

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Luggage self-check: The caged suitcase is tipped into a river of luggage.

Luggage self-check at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam

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Luggage self-check Luggage self-check? There’s nothing new about self-checking in and getting boarding passes from an airport terminal. The KLM check-in machines at Amsterdam’s…

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Bambi Vincent on stage in costume

Outrageous excuse delays return of found lost luggage

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“We can’t export your found lost-luggage because it contains an artificial hand which requires the permission of the ministry of health.” I’m starting with…

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The unstolen luggage tag on the bag I check.

Stolen bag tag

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Who steals bag tags, and why? It couldn’t have fallen off. I had just received my Star Alliance 1K tags from United and, having…

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Luggage carousel

Bag tag sabotage

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For various reasons, my luggage is hard to steal from. I take hundreds of flights every year, and so far, thank goodness, nothing has…

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TSA thieves

TSA thieves

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“New figures out today show 381 TSA officers have been fired for stealing from passengers and their luggage, and members of Congress think that…

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Bag theft epidemic at Atlanta Airport carousel

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Atlanta Airport Police tell a business traveler that luggage theft from the carousel is currently an “epidemic” and “out of control.” The busines-traveler-victim plays…

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He Packs, She Packs

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Road Warrior Packing Tips Eighteen years of near constant travel gives one a certain authority on the subject. Bob Arno and I are on…

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Luggage left unattended in a lobby

“CYA” theft warnings

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In my previous post on theft from lobbies, I reported that the Hertz office had a sign on its door warning that thieves worked…

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Lobby luggage theft

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Purses and backpacks go missing at the worst times. Like, when they’re filled with cash, passports, cameras, medications, travel documents, and laptops. Like, when…

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Hotel lobby luggage theft #2

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The scene: a hotel lobby, late morning. Guests sit with their luggage, waiting for rides. Some are waiting to check in. A man walks…

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Hotel lobby luggage theft

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“No thanks, I’ll carry that bag myself,” Marianne Crossley said to the porter as she stepped out of the London black cab, “it’s too…

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Sabrina Zotter, alleged luggage thief in Phoenix

More airport luggage theft

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Imagine the post office delivering your mail to a big open heap, mixed with the envelopes and boxes of 300 strangers. The honor-based system…

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Why thieves prefer black bags when stealing luggage at airports

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Why Thieves Prefer Black Bags Yeah, this story’s everywhere, about the Phoenix couple who made a living stealing luggage off the airport carousel. Police…

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Traveling with luggage

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I’m sure it sounds obsessive to mention the necessity of onboard watchfulness when you fly. The likelihood of theft while on an aircraft is…

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Thieves and caves

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Lord and Lady Ball (yes, their real names), enjoyed a week in warm Palma de Mallorca, an annual retreat from the dreary London weather….

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choosing the right luggage

Choosing the right luggage for constant travelers

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For very frequent travelers, the right luggage is vital. Bob and I have used aluminum Zero Halliburton luggage forever. It’s heavy and expensive. It…

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Luggage theft at Las Vegas airport carousels

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Big article in today’s Las Vegas Review Journal on bag theft at the McCarran airport carousels. No surprise. This isn’t new. In my book,…

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