Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 10 Apr 2012
Total posts 178
After a friend's wallet got cleaned out on a flight once, I now put my carry on in the lockers opposite the aisle in my line of sight where possible, not above my seat where I can't see. Just wondering does anyone do any other sort of similar precautions?
Member since 20 Feb 2016
Total posts 12
I always always carry my wallet/pport on me the entire trip.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 08 Jun 2014
Total posts 88
I've heard on Middle Eastern carries this occurs often in economy to and from the Emirates but uncertain the routes. Highly doubt to Europe but if some traveling from Dubai or UAE who previously came from a flight from other parts of the ME or West of Asia.... and this would be in Y. Of course I'm not discriminating but again I did feel uncomfortable on one leg to CDG from Abu Dhabi.
Member since 29 Jul 2014
Total posts 145
Member since 06 Jan 2016
Total posts 29
I've begun to put my wallet, passport, and watch (if I take it off) in a small satchel. It's slim enough to slide into the side wells where iPads/laptops go on many J seats, and can be slid discreetly into nooks and crannies when the seat is laid flat. I'll carry it to and from the toilet on the plain and in the lounge.
A bit over the top perhaps, but beats a trip to the embassy, hours on the phone, and/or loss of high value items like watches or jewelry.
I'm much more relaxed about electronics (probably to relaxed for this day in age), so if you have high value info on them then it's a good idea to take measures there too; be they digital, physical, or both.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum
Member since 07 Feb 2013
Total posts 431
Locked in cabin baggage - simple!
Member since 17 Mar 2016
Total posts 17
I carry my passport & wallet in my handbag, which is on footrest & never leaves my sight. When I take my jewellery / watch off I put them in a makeup bag & slip them into iPad holder alongside seat. When I go to the loo my handbag goes with me. My hand luggage is stowed in designated seat locker above but is locked.
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