Preventing bag theft during TSA inspection
November 16, 2010 2:50 AM Subscribe
Help me keep my bags from being stolen during the TSA security check.
I'm a fairly frequent flyer. Lately I've noticed it takes longer and longer to get through the TSA line each time I travel, and I'm becoming increasingly worried about the time I'm separated from my belongings. Though I've been lucky so far, I feel that with the new body scanners and the alternative of an enhanced pat-down (which I'll be requesting), the possibility that my bags could be stolen while I'm being checked increases. I've noticed during past trips that I am not always allowed a clear line of sight to my belongings.
On an upcoming trip, I will have two small shoulder bags (purse-size), and a small laptop in a scan-safe sleeve. All my bags are a nondescript gray or black.
I am mulling two ideas. First, I'm considering getting a bright neon-green sticker or fabric to attach to each bag, including the scansafe sleeve that contains the laptop. It would be easier from a distance to realize that someone was making off with my stuff. Second, I'd like to attach my two bags together with a small cable or tie. I think this is legal, since they already sell scan-safe laptop bags in which the sleeve that holds the laptop unfolds but remains attached to the main bag.
Would it raise any red flags to do these things? What other strategies might be successful? I want to act in a discreet but effective way to decrease the likelihood of someone walking off with my belongings.