If you're planning to fly anytime soon, keep a close eye on your bags. The recession and double digit unemployment has sparked a rise in airport thefts of passenger luggage.
Over the weekend, actress LisaRaye was a victim of airport thieves at JFK who lifted her Louis Vuitton bag and absconded with it while she wasn't looking. LisaRaye accused airline employees of pilfering her bag after the airline told her the bag was never scanned.
The distraught former First Lady of Turks & Caicos Islands took to her Twitter page to beg her "Twitt Fam" for help in retrieving her belongings.
...I need my WHOLE Twitt Family to HELP me put it out there I will pay WHOEVER comes up with my bag..Delta employee, police, family, WHOEVER. i hope like hell they find my bag. I hv family keepsakes n there i travel with. So help me bring awareness to it. Thanks
...Listen..I don't care about the bag..what's inside! Return THAT stuff please!
LisRaye even offered a reward for the return of her bag:
Yes, i will pay WHOEVER comes up with the bag..Delta employee,TSU employee, fan, police, family, WHOEVER. They can leave it & i'll get it!
In response to the widespread thievery at the nation's busiest airport, officials at Atlanta Hartsfield announced they are targeting luggage thieves and watching the situation involving airline employees closely.
Airport security said "they believe new technology and equipment has cut the chances of thievery during security screening of checked luggage."
But airlines depend on outside contractors to load and sort luggage making it hard to pinpoint where the thefts are occurring.
Meanwhile, LisaRaye, who will be in town for the BET Hip Hop Awards this weekend, is heartbroken over the loss of personal items that were near and dear to her. "it was pics of my father & I when i was little, a spiritual candle i use 2 pray, [and] my favorite sleep shirt i've had since college..." she tweeted.