Luggage labels are a handy way for passengers to spot their baggage on the carousel amid a sea of suitcases in the same shade. Some travellers choose a particularly recognisable tag, while others plump for one perfectly coordinated to their holdall’s fabric. Others additionally opt for hi-tech tags, as opposed to simple buckle fasten ones, in an attempt to ward off any suitcase intruders. Yet whether the tag is more of a gadget than an old fashioned label, one item of information which should not feature has been brought to light.
Travel experts from a variety of backgrounds have urged Britons not to put their address on the label.
While their name, phone number and even email contact will work – the location of where they live should be avoided.
An expert told USA Today: “Don’t list your home address on luggage tags. Play it safe by using electronic luggage tags, or by listing only your basic contact information on a luggage tag.
“Virtually everyone within an airport can see the information written on your suitcase tag, so limiting the personal information while providing enough for the airline to return lost luggage is key.
“Most experts agree that if you can avoid listing your home address, you will be less likely to be targeted for a robbery while you are away.
“List the address of your destination, use a work address or skip the address altogether.
Meanwhile, on website Qorta, Richard Clive Rowlands, who regularly travels for events and festival work, said: “Don’t put a residential address on luggage tags as it says: ‘This house is empty, please burgle – and take your time.’
“Don’t put a friend’s house either because the burglars don’t know it’s a friend’s house and will still burgle it – ideally put a work address and mobile number on it.”
Luggage label producer Overstock emphasised a residential address was a huge no no.
They added: “On the outside of your bag, use a sturdy tag in a colour or pattern that is visible at a distance to make locating your luggage easier.
“Put your email address, first initial, and last name. Also, include a phone number where you can be reached during your travel.
“For privacy, limit the information list on an external luggage tag. If an airline needs additional information, they will look for a tag inside your suitcase.”
This should help settle the minds of travellers, many of whom worry their personal belongings will not actually arrive on the other side.
Meanwhile, yesterday Express.co.uk reported how UK travellers could use a handy hack to try to guarantee their baggage came off the luggage carousel first.
The trick is to ask for a ‘Fragile’ luggage sticker to pop on your case, as these are loaded into the aircraft first, and unloaded at the final destination first.
Published at Thu, 13 Jun 2019 07:41:00 +0000