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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Likbez: Minimizing Your Luggage Loss Risks

• If possible, fly direct. If that's not possible, then make sure connections are not too tight so that baggage handlers have enough time to get your luggage from one airplane to the next.

• Arriving on time, or even early, all but ensures that your luggage will get onto the airplane with you.

• If you plan to use a lock, make sure it is one that is approved by luggage-handling security.

• Remove all old luggage tags -- these can be confusing to baggage handlers.

• Make sure that the three-letter airport code is clear.

• Use a unique suitcase to prevent others from mistaking it for theirs. If this is not an option, then tie on a colorful piece of string or something else that grabs your eye.

• Do not send valuables such as cameras, laptops, cash or expensive jewelry in your checked luggage. Airlines warn that they are not responsible for the loss of any such item.

• Know the contents of your bag so that if it goes missing, you can itemize it more easily. If you have receipts for the items you pack in your luggage, all the better.

• Include your name and contact information inside the bag as well as on the outside. That way, if the luggage tag falls off, the airline can still find you.