While on an airplane, there is usually one thing that passenger is worrying about “besides the flight safety issues”. It is the baggage issues. Yes, it is been widely known that everytime they bring baggages, passenger will face the risk of missing baggage, either it is completely missing or losing half of the stuffs in it (meaning that the luggage has been ransacked by people who doesn’t care that stealing is a sin).

Illustration of missing baggage, via 3.bp.blogspot.com
Illustration of missing baggage, via 3.bp.blogspot.com

The question is, is there a way to secure our baggage form the risk of missing completely or even halfly? The answer is, there is not any way that could really work to save our baggage.

Baggage theft happens due to many factors, especially the factor of chances. So, what we can do now is to minimize the risk of missing baggage, or minimize the risk of it getting ransacked by other people.

Here are some tips deserves to be paid attention at as below: 

1. Avoid carrying baggage, and choose the bag/luggage that could be taken into the cabin.

Illustration of luggage in cabin, via thairath
Illustration of luggage in cabin, via thairath

One of the most effective tips to avoid baggage getting missing or ransacked by other people, is definitely by not taking the advantages of baggage facility. Try your best to bring the bag or luggage that could go inside the cabin.

If you don’t have the skill to pack light that you still need to put your luggage on the baggage, at least you can put the valuable things and money inside the bag that you will take into the cabin and keep watching that bag everytime.

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2. Use extra lock, and if neccessary, extra safety belt on the luggage.

Example of safety belt on luggage, via aliexpress
Example of safety belt on luggage, via aliexpress

To avoid the luggage getting opened by other people, use extra protection. You can use the lock to save the zipper head, or the extra belt to secure the luggage. For a cheaper version, you can apply duct tape around the whole luggage to replace the function of luggage safety belt.

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3. If budget is limited, you can consider wrapping the luggage with plastic wrap.

wrapping the luggage with plastic wrap, via nbcnews
wrapping the luggage with plastic wrap, via nbcnews

Nowadays, airports have provided the services to wrap luggages with plastic wrap. If you already have the budget for it, there is nothing wrong with considering this service. It doesn’t guarantee the luggage to be safe from thief or ransackers though, but at least it will make your luggage more difficult to open that the luggage without any safety at all.

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4. Or, you can also buy the safety cover for luggage.

Luggage with extra cover, via lelong
Luggage with extra cover, via lelong

Lately, there have been several special safeties for luggages. For example, there is a pouch to cover your bag/luggage. Just like the safety with plactic wrap, even if it doesn’t guarantee 100% that the luggage will be secure, at least you have already tried to make the thief/ransacker to struggle more difficultly to open the luggage.

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5. Eye-catchy luggage tends to be safe from thieves.

 Luggage with eye-catching patterns, via 3d-pictures.picphotos
Luggage with eye-catching patterns, via 3d-pictures.picphotos

It seems that the luggage that looks common will be safer from thieves. But actually, those common luggages will be easy to get switched with other luggages. It also has higher risk to be taken by other people without the real owner realizing it.

And, when the thief is opening up the common luggage, that action will not attract many attention than opening up an eye-catchy luggage. Lesson to be learned from this point is, better to choose the luggage that can be recognized easily. Put special sign on your luggage or choose the luggage with eye-catching patterns.

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6. Avoid using branded luggage.

 Branded bags will likely invite people with bad intentions, via pgmartin.lk
Branded bags will likely invite people with bad intentions, via pgmartin.lk

Using branded luggage is like an advertisiment that says: “steal me!”. Yes, branded luggage is clearly a direct challenge for thieves to take the entire luggage instead of ransacking what’s in there, because a branded luggale could be sold for good price. So, better use cheap bags or luggage which isn’t poorly qualified.

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7. Choose bag/luggage with zipper safety, or choose the ones without zipper

 Example of a luggage without zipper, via traveling-kids
Example of a luggage without zipper, via traveling-kids

It has already been known that one easy trick to break open a luggage is by stabbing something (such as a pen) into the zipper, and the zipper will be opened easily. Next thing you need to do is just sliding the zipper head and the zipper will get closed again.

To avoid such thing, choose the luggage with strong zipper. Better to choose one with saftey on the zipper head so it would be difficult to move slide. Other alternative, find the luggage with easy-to-hide zipper, or choose the luggage with no zipper.

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8. Don’t be lazy to queue at the baggage claim as early as possible

Queueing at baggage claim, via telegraph
Queueing at baggage claim, via telegraph

By arriving at the baggage claim as early as possible, it will lower the risk of luggage being taken by other people. Of course it will not guarantee if your luggage is safe from the risk of being ransacked by other people (especially before the baggage got sent into the baggage claim area).

 

Other tips to consider:

  • Pay attention to the procedure detail of baggage claim prior leaving.

Lost and Found via corporatetravelsafety.com
Lost and Found via corporatetravelsafety.com

Every airline has different procedure reagarding lost or broken baggage claim. Don’t be lazy to learn about it, because there usually is explanation regarding the maximum limit to do the claim as well as the procedure detail of compensation to replace the missing/broken baggage.

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  • Try your best to choose direct flight.

Illustration of flight, via anayatouring
Illustration of flight, via anayatouring

Theoritically, the more transit you go through, especially if you change the airline, the higher the risk of lost baggage as it got moved to various places too often. And of course, it will increase other risk, such as the risk of baggage getting ransacked by other people. So, one of the way to minimize the risk of missing baggage, is by choosing a direct flight.

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  • Consider buying travel insurance that covers baggage lost issues

Illustration of traveling insurance, via livemint
Illustration of traveling insurance, via livemint

Many people think that travel insurance is not important. But, there are special benefits if you buy a travel insurance, one of those is there would be a compensation for your lost/broken baggage. It might not fully cover it, but at least the compensation would make our heart to feel better than just being furious without getting anything, right?

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  • Make a note of what are in your luggage/bag, or at least take a picture of it.

Example of taking picture of what you carry inside your bag, via whenonearth
Example of taking picture of what you carry inside your bag, via whenonearth

This small action turns out to be pretty important. By making list of the things you put inside the luggage, or at least take a picture of it, will make it easier for you to make a claim if your baggage got lost/broken.

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  • Don’t be lazy to use courier service.

Illustration of courier service, via listabiz.com
Illustration of courier service, via listabiz.com

If you are afraid that your baggage will get lost, you can consider sending your luggage with proffessional service like FedEx and UPS. The risk is, of course, you need to be ready with the sending fare that might be more expensive than what is in your luggage.

 

Last but not least,

Don’t be afraid to the risk of baggage getting lost or ransacked, because after all, we can only try our best to minimize the risk. If you are really afraid of our baggage to get lost or ransacked, it might be better to just leave it home and travel without carrying anything. Don’t you agree?

 

I hope it’s useful!

 

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