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Carry-on theft

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Bryant P., who built on last week’s reader tip with this comment:

“Let me add something I learned the hard way. My wife and I were on a flight from Hong Kong to Penang. We were in coach and seated in the first row. The overheads were full so we had to stow our bags several rows back. When we got to our destination, I found my shaving kit was missing from my carry-on bag. Fortunately, the only things missing were some small toiletries, my spare contacts, etc. I had neglected to lock it, and that stuff was gone. I had neglected to lock it in HKG. Please advise readers to be within sight of their carry-ons and lock them as I neglected to do…”

A good reminder to keep your carry-on close. Thanks, Bryant! (Bryant recently sent Jack some shirts from Sky Shirts, a source of airline apparel. Check out the whole line here.)

Related: Beware of Thieves on Planes



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Keep Your Carry-on Close on the Plane
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2 Comments On "Keep Your Carry-on Close on the Plane"
  1. Sandra McKeith|

    I’ve found it best for me to (if possible) put my carry on across the aisle from my seat. If it’s directly above me I can’t see what’s going on when someone opens the bin.

  2. Amanda M.|

    Hello. I am going to be taking my 1st trip on an airplane and I’m nervous. I have never even been to an airport. I’m looking for info for 1st time flyers I have googled and this site was listed. What is is like when boarding the plane? Why doesn’t everyone store their bags above their own seat? I have 2 younger children going with me and I’m scared we will not be seated together. I read on AA site they have pay extra for upgrade to pick your seats but then next to it it says may be an extra fee. If I am paying for the upgrade to pick my seats is that the extra fee or is there another fee on top of the upgrade fee? I don’t even know how many seats are in a row on a plane. I have so many questions. I read somewhere I need to check in 24 hours before my flight to get my seats how is this done? My trip is in June but I’ve been told I should book now. I feel so lost. Sorry to vent but any help anyone can offer would be so appreciated. I have looked through the FAQs on AA sites but am still lost.

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