Growing Number of Thieves Targeting Airport Luggage

Air officials are calling for travelers to remain aware while in airports.
1:50 | 06/28/15

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We're just days away from a long and busy travel weekend. Aaa predicts nearly 42 Americans will be on the move, 3 million traveling by air. Before you head to the airport, we're hearing a warning about a growing number of thieves targeting your luggage. Here's aditi Roy. Reporter: Watch this man at the baggage claim in the seattle-tacoma airport. He lifts the luggage out of the carousel and just walks away. And this couple, in mere seconds, grab a bag from the carousel and vanish. Officials say they were among nine different people disguised as travelers but caught on camera stealing bags from this airport. Authorities say they may be part of a theft ring targeting luggage. They are here all hours of the day and sometimes when we get an individual that has done this multiple times, they will get a certain pattern that we will address. Reporter: In 2009, authorities found at least 1,000 pieces of luggage at this Arizona's couple's home. The couple accused of going to the airport 60 times, stealing bags, and never taking a flight. The two pleaded guilty. Baggage theft from checked or carry-on bags is a big business. It probably amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Reporter: While you may see cameras in baggage claim, what you won't find are airport employees checking bag tags before you leave. Many airports and airlines cut those positions to save money. How do you protect yourself? One way is to get to the carousel before your bag arrives, so you can get to it before thieves do. Other tips, don't use a black bag. It can be easily mistaken for someone else's. And invest in a gps tracker. They cost under $100 and go inside your luggage so your bags make it home with you. Aditi Roy, ABC news, Los Angeles.

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