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How to Navigate the Airport While Traveling with Jewelry

on Apr 29, 2019 1:30 PM

Woman in airport traveling with jewelry

While the rate of mishandled bags has decreased 70% since 2007, lessening your risk of falling victim to lost luggage to less than 1%, the fear of losing your luggage is still real.

Understandable, considering the effect it has on the remainder of your travels.

Now imagine if there had been expensive jewelry packed in any of these bags. It could have been lost, stolen or damaged by the elements.

Keeping Jewelry Safe in the Airport

Take heed and follow these guidelines next time you're traveling with jewelry:

Never pack your jewelry inside any luggage you plan to check. If your luggage gets mishandled or lost, your jewelry won't suffer the same fate.

Wear any jewelry that reasonably suits your traveling attire, taking care to not draw unwanted attention with layers of fine jewelry.

Any valuables that cannot be kept on your person should be stored in a carry-on bag. Ensure you choose an appropriately-sized carry-on bag to avoid plane-side check.

Ask the TSA officer to screen you and your valuables in private to maintain your security. Or, at the very least, hold onto your carry-on until just before you step through the body scanner, and collect it immediately on the other side.

Don't forget that, for international flights, you must report to Customs the transport of goods valued at $10,000 USD or more.

Have you had any troubles while traveling with jewelry?

Tell us in the comments and we'll share your story with our Loss Prevention experts and get their advice to avoid or mitigate similar situations in the future. 

Get Your Guide to Traveling With Jewelry

Editor's Note: This post was originally published July 7, 2016 and has been updated for accuracy.


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Herman Neuman

Oh yes.... Been at an airport over seas and I am telling you when I did not get any of my suit cases I was a little bit panicked. I stepped off the airplane with nothing but the cloths I had on and I had to wait 3 days to get everything back. Wasn't a happy start. Had to spend some money I did not expect to spend for cloths.

Rick Bobigian

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

It's a terrible experience, isn't it? I hope the airline offered you something for your troubles! Thanks for reading. :)

Chelsea Drusch

They offered me a discount on my ticket as an apology. Oh yes, it's a terrible experience especially when you are over seas and everything is in a different currency and you don't know were to go for anything.

Rick Bobigian

My jewelry of 4 watches and two golden necklaces was taken away in the United States, New York JFK Airport. Is there possible way to get them back ? It was kept by the government.

Oshani Perera

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Sorry, Oshani. You'll have to contact the airport or government entity involved in the situation. I'm sure this is a very tough situation for you! Best of luck.

Chelsea Drusch

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