Garmin Running Watch Stolen from Checked Baggage

Normally when I take my Garmin FR220 running watch (retail $250) on flights, I simply wear it on the plane. On this last trip, I had a last minute change of heart and packed it in my rollerboard, which I normally carry on. But at that time I forgot that I had also planned to check a box of work supplies, so it made sense to check the rollerboard too.

When I arrived in my hotel in Houston on Sunday, the Garmin was not in my rollerboard. I was puzzled at first, because at home I keep the Garmin with my running armband and headlamp, and so I would have packed all three of them at the same time. Yet only the armband and headlamp made it to Houston. At the time I assumed I somehow must have forgotten to pack the Garmin, even though I thought that was implausible. When I returned home late Friday, I searched all the places the Garmin could/would have been. And then I finally realized the unthinkable: the Garmin was stolen from my checked baggage.

There was nothing inside the bag saying it was inspected by TSA, so I’m going to file a claim with United. I’ll update this post with more details after they are available.

One thought on “Garmin Running Watch Stolen from Checked Baggage

  1. Ken

    Wow, as you wrote, hard to believe but what other answer is there? How well obscured would it have been when you opened your bag? Plainly visible as soon as you opened it? Visible after moving a couple of things? Or really only visible with a full exploration meaning it was more likely to have been found by scanning first? I think that would tell you whether the thief worked for the airline or was just opportunistic. Also, thinking back to when you first opened your bag, did you notice if anything was out of place?

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