Travel Tip: How to defeat a pickpocket when traveling

Being an airline pilot has many benefits. Traveling the world is one of the most educational and fun parts of it. When walking around new places it is easy to lose track of what is going on around you. Sometimes that can come back to bite you. I had $100 pick pocketed out of my backpack in Rome years ago and never felt a thing!

A simple trick I learned could have prevented it. Clip together the zipper pulls on your backpack or fanny pack with a cheap clip you can buy at any sewing store. When you want to get into your pack it is very easy and quick to unclip the zippers but pickpockets can’t do it without taking time and being noticed. A 25 cent clip could have saved me $100! Pass along this clever trick to everyone you know that might be traveling.

About the author

Dan Stratman is a veteran airline pilot as well as the creator of the Airport Life App. He is passionate about making flying easier for airline passengers.