The suitcase in the haystack

Published June 19, 2005

Finding your luggage in a sea of mostly black bags at the airport can be frustrating. Some travelers use a strand of bright ribbon as a tracking device. Low-tech but certainly effective, until everyone started doing it. Other weary wanderers chance breaking their necks as they crane to see the name on the flimsy airline-provided paper tag.

Some people even go home with the wrong luggage.

You could buy fuchsia suitcases or implant a Radio Frequency Identification chip, but why not invest in some clever luggage tags instead? They come in all sorts of colors, shapes and materials, including waterproof (in the unlikely event of a water landing), leather, metal, cloth and even enamel.

We think these will make your bags stand out.

- JANET K. KEELER, Times staff writer