Unfortunately, travelling can be risky business if you're not careful and in-flight theft is something travellers have to seriously consider. We usually have our guards up for what goes down in airport lounges and luggage carousels, but tend to feel like the plane is a safe haven where everyone is just trying to reach their destination. It's important to take extra precautions with your luggage so you reach your destination with everything you took off with. Here are just a few of our tips.
One of the best defences from theft is keeping your valuable posses close at hand or on your person during the flight. This could mean in your hand, around your neck, behind your back or in your pockets, depending on what it is. The closer it is to you, the more likely you are to feel if anyone is trying to take it from you. It's important to be mindful about what kinds of items you put where so you're not overloading your pockets or making items more noticeable in the first place - as pickpocketing is still something you should be aware of.
Another great trick is to keep your most valuable items buried deep in your carry on luggage, underneath and wrapped in clothes and other items to hide it from plain sight in the event that someone opens it. A thief will likely not want to call too much attention to themselves by rummaging through your bag for a long period of time, so not having it be the first thing they see when they open it is a great defence.
Another great tip when it comes to carry-on luggage is to load the bag into the overhead storage with the bag's opening facing the wall by flipping it upside down. Coupled with burying your valuables deep in your bag, it's much more difficult to simply grab items out of a bag, as much more effort will have to go into taking it out of the overhead storage to begin with - something that would probably alert you to what's going on.
While getting some shut eye on a flight, especially a long one, is ideal for many travellers - it's imperative you be aware of your surroundings on a flight. Continue to keep important items close to you and even check on your luggage if you feel uncomfortable or suspicious.