Airports make the perfect target locations for scammers. They're crowded, and travelers are often carrying valuable possessions in their luggage.
Plus, travelers are distracted by the hustle and bustle that's taking place around them. They're looking for their flight information, looking for the right gate, or even taking a quick nap before they catch their flight.
Unless you're paying close attention, it's easy for scammers to catch you off guard. So, before you head to the airport for your next trip, keep reading for three major airport scams you need to watch out for.
1. Rigged baggage scales
Finding the best flight for your trip is hard work. On top of that, airports can be stressful.
First stop? The ticketing counter. Here, you get your tickets and check your bags, which could be the most frustrating part.
Airlines charge an arm and a leg in baggage fees. Checked bags range between $20 to $50 dollars and there's usually an additional average of $25 for overweight bags, and could go up to $100 in fees if your bag is that heavy (up to 100 pounds).
Those aren't easy fees to sneer at, so if your bags are over by a pound or two, the shuffle begins. Your daughter's hoodie gets transferred to your own suitcase, and your son's luggage now holds two extra pairs of shoes. But what if the problem was with the airport's scales and not your bags?
Scales age just like any other piece of technology. If not properly maintained or cared for, a scale could easily malfunction, lose accuracy and add or subtract weight as it pleases.
It's not a new problem, local media in Phoenix reported on the problem back in 2011, but with summer travel season here and in full swing, a friendly reminder couldn't hurt.
What to do?
- When you arrive at the ticketing booth, make sure that the scale reads 0 before you put your luggage on it.
- If you are over and are still worried about the scale, demand that it is weighed on another one of the scales, which have also been zeroed out.