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January 7, 2014 > Four ways to protect your stuff at airport security

Four ways to protect your stuff at airport security

Submitted By Newark Police Department

Flying out to visit friends and family for the holidays? The hustle and bustle of the season is amplified at the airport and crooks take advantage! WhatÕs a traveler to do? Start packing valuables in checked luggage? Absolutely not! Keeping your valuables on your person or in your carry-on bags is still the safest bet.

Here are four tips to help keep your belongings safe as you pass through airport security checkpoints, whether youÕre tapped for a secondary screening or just passing through the security line.

1. DonÕt put cash in a bin.
If you need to remove your money clip because itÕs going to set off the metal detector, take the money out and put the cash back in your pocket before putting the money clip in the bin. DonÕt carry large amounts of cash with you through the airport or while traveling at all if you can help it. And if you want to be extra cautious, people who keep their wallet in a purse or bag or jacket thatÕs going down the conveyor belt should take the cash out and keep it on their person.

2. DonÕt go through the metal detector or scanner before your bags.
DonÕt leave your bags behind while you sail through security. If thereÕs an opening at the metal detector or scanner but a backup on the bag conveyor belt, it is perfectly acceptable to wait for your bags and bins to get into the screener before proceeding through yourself.

3. Keep your bags in sight at all times.
ItÕs possible youÕll need to pass through the metal detector or scanner more than once. ItÕs also possible youÕll be chosen for a pat down or additional screening. In any case, cooperate with the TSA but keep your bags in your line of site. Again, simply appearing aware of your belongings will scare off most potential thieves. If you are taken to another area or separate room for screening, insist that your bags come with you.

4. Know exactly what you came with.
Keep a mental note of how many bins you used and what you put inside each. Theft often happens when someone forgets an item Ñ like a laptop Ñ and walks away from security toward the gate. In the time it takes to realize what you left behind, it may be gone.

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