Thieves on a plane: How to protect your stuff | Travel | The Seattle Times

Thefts from airline luggage are rare, according to government figures, but that doesn’t ease the sting if it’s your vacation that’s ruined because of a stolen passport or jewelry.

Experts say most of the thefts that do occur could easily be prevented if travelers followed a few basic rules, starting with the most obvious one.

“Never pack valuables in luggage that you’re going to check,” said Bryan Saltzburg of travel website TripAdvisor.com. “Carry it on the plane with you, or ship it insured.”

Sometimes airline employees force travelers to check a carry-on bag, especially during peak travel periods such as holidays, when planes are crowded and overhead bins fill up quickly.

Although there have been some instances where people have had their valuables stolen off the trays when passing through security.

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