TSA the agency we travelers love to hate. I try not to let them bother me, as I figure they’re just doing their jobs. If you don’t approach them with a chip on your shoulder, they sometimes even lighten up a little. You can imagine what they deal with on a daily basis.
A friend recently shared the address of a website (http://blog.tsa.gov) containing a blog written by TSA, with interesting, helpful, and sometimes amusing information. The August 9th posting, was “TSA Week in Review: 77 firearms discovered over the last two weeks plus a few other interesting items.” As you can imagine, lots of pictures were included in this post.
Their TSA Tips Tuesday feature is especially helpful. Here’s a slightly paraphrased (but admittedly mostly plagiarized) version of their “Tips on not leaving your laptop behind, and how to retrieve it if you do.”
Out of Sight Out of Mind - While gathering items after they come out of the x-ray machine, many will stack their bins to conserve space. Since the laptop is a flat surface, many stack their second bin on top of the laptop bin. This puts the laptop out of sight. So, while the traveler gathers his or her items, the laptop is left behind as the traveler rushes off to their gate.
Tape a Business Card to Your Laptop - Many will realize they’ve forgotten their laptop and rush back to the checkpoint. Others do not realize it, and in most instances, there isn’t any info on the laptop to tell who the owner is. It’s a good idea to tape a business card or a label with your name and contact info on or inside your laptop. This helps in several ways:
It provides a name to page.
It provides a phone number to contact you.
It lets them know which laptop is yours when you call to retrieve it.
How to Get Your Laptop Back There is an Airport Lost and Found Contacts page on the website where you’ll be able to find phone numbers for each airport’s TSA lost and found office. When you call this number, you can ask them to send it to you (at your expense), or you can arrange to pick it up upon your return or have a friend or family member pick it up for you.