Gmachine, on 24 February 2018 - 12:22 PM, said:
just made a $15 purchase that every golf traveler should invest in-- a TSA lock for your golf bag.
here's my story:
went to LA for a business trip but managed to get in early to play a round of golf.
i had a lunch meeting so checked out of my hotel room and left my golf travel bag with the bell hop (suspect #1).
after lunch, i grabbed an uber to head back to the hotel where i grabbed my golf travel bag and luggage while the uber guy waited (suspect #2).
before my next meeting, i wanted to head to the airport to drop off my golf travel bag so i wouldn't walk into the meeting with it (you can understand). but LA traffic said otherwise. i was running out of time so i asked the uber driver if he could drop me off at my meeting first, then take my golf bag to the airport and drop it off with the airline (JetSuite X public charter so they fly out of private terminals so you don't need a boarding pass to drop off luggage). he said he would be more than happy to and i even gave him $20 for his help.
after the meeting, went to the airport and saw my golf travel bag behind the counter waiting to be loaded (suspect #3).
when i landed back home, i went to my car and opened up my golf travel bag to unpack it.. only to find that my driver and 3 wood were gone.
horrified. who done it? most say the uber guy but he was such a nice guy. i even called him after and told him my driver and 3 wood were missing, hoping i could sense something in his voice.. but he said he immediately dropped off the bag at the airport.
lesson learned. my TSA lock will now be on the travel bag at all times. i suggest every golf traveler do the same.
airport employee hands down. plenty of time and they go through all golf bags anyway. Also they can inspect your bag out of view and hide anything they intend to steal easily.