Summer Travel Tip #3: Security Snafus

The third in a series of tips for those planning vacations (see Tip #1 and Tip #2). These just might save you some money. Maybe, a lot of money.

The definition of snafu is a “badly confused or ridiculously muddled situation” which is exactly what you’ll have on your hands if you don’t read the following.

LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney says, “Pick it up!”

Don’t Forget to Pick Up Valuables

You’d never leave anything valuable at a security checkpoint, would you? Sorry, it happens every day with phones, laptops, computers and more but this may take the cake.

On May 5, a man from Japan left his watch at a security at Newark’s airport and it was not just any timepiece but a diamond-encrusted Cartier said to be worth $100,000. Luckily he got it back but the TSA’s Lost and Found is filled with expensive items (including a ton of electronics) that for one reason or another have not been reunited with owners.

Tip: As travel expert and FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney reminds us, some valuables are better left at home this summer or any time of year.

Don’t Forget to Clear Bags of Weapons

On May 1, the TSA confiscated nearly 50 guns, the vast majority of which were loaded. Most common excuse? “I forgot it was in my bag.”

People also forgot they packed knives, brass knuckles, replica Claymore mines and two very real (and live) Chilean military flashbang grenades.

Do we really have to say you aren’t allowed to bring such things on a plane? If you need a better reason than it’s against the rules, how about the ensuing delays will make you miss your flight.


Updated: May 21, 2015