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Lost Laptops At The Airport

| September 29, 2009

airport laptopsLA Weekly wrote a great article about how over 12,000 laptops go missing each week at LAX. Yes, each week. That’s a whole heck of a lot of laptops.

Most are left at security checkpoints and only a third of them ever find their rightful owners again. How does this happen? Well, according to LA Weekly:

One employee who works at a Southern California airport and who did not wish to be identified, confirmed how spaced-out flyers become — especially those who show up half an hour before takeoff and think they can just walk straight on to the plane. This employee noted that TSA screeners will page travelers by name when their identities are known. Still, even here, the employee says, travelers will often later admit they heard their names on the public address system after leaving the security checkpoint — but somehow didn’t make the connection that they were being asked to recover lost items.

But more importantly, how can you prevent this from happening to you?

The Livermore Lab newsletter says the best way to ensure that lost laptop gets returned is to leave your name and phone number in its battery compartment — an area not available to prying eyes, but one that screeners are trained to quickly access. Either that, or take the train.

To check out the rest of this interesting article, click here.

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Category: Los Angeles, security, travel

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