In this age of technology at your fingertips, there is no need to leave baggage tracking entirely in the hands of airlines.
One frequent traveler shared his simple trick to ensure you always know exactly where your suitcase is, even when you’re checking it.
The TikToker who goes by Damn Marino shared his bag tracking hack in a viral video.
He advised viewers to buy an Apple AirTag — or several — and stash them in their luggage.
“These guys, the Apple brands. I want you to get them and I want you to mark them and put them in all your stuff,” he said.
“Hide them in the bottom of the bag. Also hide them in other bags within bags,” he continued.
A single Apple AirTag costs $29 direct from the brand or $27.50 from Amazon, but a four-pack can be purchased on Amazon for $98.
He shows that he adds multiple AirTags to different bags, which would certainly mean a higher bill — but he also points out that it can help protect your bag not only from airline error, but also from theft.
“It’s about putting them deep in your luggage,” he said.
That way, it’s less likely to be found by a thief – and if you’ve got a second one in your bag, they won’t even think to look for it.
“I like more per item,” he explained in a comment. “Sometimes they think they’ve only found the one, and you catch them with the other one.
You can then track each of your AirTags on your phone.
“Similar to Find My Phone, you can now find your items,” he continued, showing the tracking app on his phone.
“It’s great, especially when you’re checking in bags, you can track them all the way to your destination,” he said.
Marino’s damn tip has earned him a lot of fans, with about half a million views and appreciative comments — plus a few from viewers who are already using the clever hack.
“Me too!!! I won’t even look at baggage claim until the iTag is updated,” wrote one. “That’s how I know it’s on the merry-go-round.”
“I have them in my bags, wallet, keys and dog. Shop for a living so keep one in the car. I’m tired of being in a huge mall parking lot where I can find a car without a second thought,” said another.