DBT Corporate Travel Information - Travel
Security on your trip
* One of the main reasons luggage goes to
the wrong flights is because of old destination tags and
check-in tags. Remove them so that the airlines don't get
confused on the suitcase's destination.
* Put labels with your home address and phone
number inside and outside your bags. Lots of name tags fall
off bag handles. If the airlines find your bag, they will
search inside for ID.
* Either tie a piece of brightly coloured
cloth or ribbon to your bags or mark them in a distinctive
way to make them easy to identify at the carousel.
* Or wrap brightly coloured insulating tape
around the handles of your checked luggage. The first thing
a person grabs from the carousel is the handle and if it's
a bright colour they'll realise it's not their bag.
* Rather than using flimsy locks on your
baggage that can be easily opened, use electrical ties.
They are extremely tough (larger ones are used instead of
handcuffs by some police forces). Buy them at DIY stores.
If they have been cut off you know someone has riffled your
bags. They're also available in various colours to help
bag identification - while making it less possible for airport
personnel to have spares in their pockets to replace any
tie they cut off.
* Mark your luggage with your email address.
Chances are you will be emailed before you know it has gone
missing. Also - as mobile phones can increasingly work anywhere
in the world - put your mobile number on the luggage ID
if you are taking it with you.
* Lock your bags for extra security, but
keep a note of the security code or a spare padlock key.
* Check your airline baggage code to ensure
it's been properly libeled and will end up in the same place
* If travelling with a backpack, bring large
rubbish bags libeled with your itinerary and flight numbers,
to protect the pack from luggage carousels and machinery.
Prior to checking your pack in, slip a bag over the backpack
and tie tightly.
* Photocopy your itinerary, destinations
and dates. Put a copy inside each piece of luggage. If luggage
is lost or picked up by mistake, it will increase the chance
of finding you while travelling.
* More than 90% of lost luggage stays lost
because the airline, cruise ship or whatever staff can't
identify the owners to return it.
* When you arrive at check-in, ask to have
your bags libeled"fragile". This will keep them
at the top of the pile and they will be among the first
to come out in the baggage claim.
* Keep valuables (passport, tickets, and
wallet) in a small waist pack or pouch so you can carry
it around your neck or waist. In busy airports you should
never put these valuables in your backpack or handbag. Alternately,
keep your passport (the one document your really need on
a trip) in the front pocket of your jeans. There is no way
someone can get into that pocket without you knowing and
sneak thieves rely on being sneaky, not obvious.
* Check with Foreign Affairs to see if they
have safety rules or advisories on your destination. Ask
what places to avoid and how the country handles crime and
foreigners who get in trouble.
* Leave irreplaceable jewelry at home. Besides
attracting attention, why take a chance on losing it or
having it stolen.
* Have a photocopy made of your passport
ID page, airline tickets and credit cards before you leave.
Keep them somewhere other than with the passport and tickets.
If you lose any of them, the photocopy will make it easy
to get replacements.
* Carry extra passport photos. Handy if you
need a visa in a hurry, a travel pass or if you lose your