When you think of TSA you think security but did you know that in the year, airlines lost 7 bags for every 1,000 passengers? That is true according to the Department of Transportation. A steadily rise each year from 2002, when the industry lost 3.84 bags for every 1,000 fliers. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) estimates that, “for each of it’s employees who touches a bag, six to 10 airline or airport employees and contractors touch the same bag once it’s out of the passenger’s sight, increasing the chances of loss or theft.” Full Story Here
Granted, this is not the kind of thing you want to hear about during the holiday season yet, getting your belongings rummaged through and your valuables or much needed medication stolen would be far worse.
So while you are planning you trip to go see “Aunt Jane” in California why not take a little extra precautions to keep your belongings safe and to get you through check points faster. Here are some tips.
Carry valuable jewelry and medications on your person – anything stolen or lost is usually never reimbursed.
Consider shipping your luggage and gifts – A new service like Luggage Free has emerged as ways to bypass the hassles of checking bags. You jus pack your suitcases as usual no special packaging needed. Shipping slips and return slips are mailed to you with a pickup time scheduled. If the bags are being sent to a hotel, the concierge will typically call customers to let them know their belongings have arrived. There is also the option of simply mailing bags and/or packages by using the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx Corp. or UPS Inc. Full Story Here
Computers are a big target and space issues can prevent you from keeping your carry-on with you from check point to check point. It is best to leave your computer at home. Consider renting a computer for your travel needs. It can arrive at your event or hotel loaded with the software you need and ready to go.
Planning ahead will help you avoid hassles at check points and worry about security issues. New options can lessen the stress of getting on a plane when all you have to take is yourself and everything you need is on its way keeping your holiday season happy.