You can add one more hassle to the list when traveling: thieves making off with items in your checked bags. And, there’s not much you can do about it.
One traveler found his expensive camera, missing from his checked luggage, for sale on eBay. Another reported $160,000 in jewelry gone from her bag. And, a 12-year-old boy reportedly had $265 stolen in birthday money. None of them got the items or money back.
These thefts are unfortunately not unique or uncommon. They’re also reportedly on the rise.
CBS News reported that in 2012, 200 items were stolen every day from checked bags at New York’s JFK airport. In Miami, a local TV station found that 1,500 items have been stolen at the airport since 2003. In just one instance of a theft ring, Delta baggage handlers were found in 2009 rifling through bags in the belly of a plane, taking laptops, iPods, and jewelry, according to The Wall Street Journal.
While theft from checked bags, which disappear from public view as soon as you hand them over,Read More »from Airport luggage thefts reportedly on rise with TSA