Everybody loves TSA Security Checkpoints. They’re fast, efficient, non-invasive — wait a second. I’m thinking of KFC. Sorry about that. TSA checkpoints are terrible. They’re full of blue-shirted authority figures yelling at shoeless clusters of travelers forced to prove that they’re not terrorists. Unless you have TSA Pre-Check (and you should! It’s awesome!) and get to breeze right through the checkpoint, you’re forced to lay your soul — I mean suitcase — bare and, in the hurry to get to your gate, you may occasionally leave something behind.
Luckily, Mary Forgione over at the LA Times has a great article on how to get that lost laptop back in your possession thanks to these tips directly from the TSA:
–Tape a business card to your laptop or cellphone.
–Keep small items like watches and keys in your carry-on bag. The little bowls provided at checkpoints should be used for loose change, not valuables.
–Pack jewelry in your carry-on and don’t wear it until you’ve passed through security.
–Report stolen items right away.
–Listen for airport announcements that may describe an item left behind.
–Lastly, report the lost item.
–Contact the TSA’s lost-and-found office if you think you left something at a security checkpoint.
Here’s a list of TSA Lost & Found offices: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/airport-lost-found-contacts
These tips are pretty much common sense, but the best tip of all has gone unsaid: don’t rush through the security checkpoint. Keep a mental tally of everything you put on the conveyor belt and then do an inventory once you collect your items. If you’re in a hurry, you have a much greater chance of leaving something behind.
Source: LA Times