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Keep Your Holidays Happy By Keeping Up With Your Luggage

Posted December 20, 2000 6:00 a.m. EST

— Few things are more frustrating than losing your luggage on a trip. There are some simple steps you can take to prevent your bags from landing in someone else's hands.

It seems like everyone these days has a black piece of luggage with a handle and wheels. Putting a ribbon, or a special tag on your bag can help avoid mix-ups, but what if a thief takes your bag?.

"There are rings of organized thieves that prey on airports," says RDU spokesman Mike Blanton.

Airlines at RDU do not use security personnel to check baggage claim tickets.

"Only in airports where stolen baggage becomes a major, major problem are the airlines willing to absorb the cost to make sure that the checks are made against the baggage and the bag claim tickets the passengers have," Blanton says.

The airport leases the baggage claim area to the airlines. The carriers decide whether or not to have security checking claim tickets.

In most airports, the airlines have decided it is cheaper to replace lost luggage than hire security.

The best piece of advice for travelers is simple: Never leave your bags unattended.