<p> Think your valuables are safe in your carry-on bag while you&#39;re taking a nap aboard a transcontinental flight? Think again.</p> <p> Three years ago, an <a href="">Air France flight attendant</a> confessed to stealing jewelry, credit cards, cash, blank checks and traveler&#39;s checks from dozens of passengers during multiple overnight flights from Paris to Tokyo.</p> <p> Reporting on the thefts, the travel blog NoDebtWorldTravel quickly collected half a dozen more tales of <a href="">theft at 30,000 feet</a>, mainly aboard U.S. domestic flights.</p> <p> When you&#39;re flying the friendly skies, you need to protect your cash and other valuables from not-so-friendly thieves.</p> <p> Here are five tips to ensure that you and your valuables have a great flight.</p> <p> [<a href="">13 Tips to Keep Your Devices Safe While Traveling</a>]</p>

Store carry-on bags across the aisle

<p> If you&#39;re going to stow your bags in an overhead compartment, put them in the compartment across the aisle from you, not directly above you, said security expert Kevin Coffey, a police detective and founder of Southern California-based Corporate Travel Safety.</p> <p> &quot;You have better eye contact&quot; that way, Coffey said. &quot;When you put your bag directly overhead, which is what most people do, you can&#39;t see it.</p> <p> &quot;And if someone comes up and says, &#39;Excuse me, I have to get something out of my bag,&#39; and puts his [body] right into your face, you can&#39;t see what he&#39;s doing,&quot; Coffey added. &quot;You&#39;d have to get out of your seat to see what he&#39;s doing.&quot;</p> <p> [<a href="">7 Tips to Keep Your Data Safe on the Road</a>]</p>

Lock your bag

<p> &quot;That&#39;s an obvious tip, but a lot of people don&#39;t do it,&quot; Coffey said.</p> <p> If you&#39;re one of those people who doesn&#39;t lock his carry-on bag, you&#39;ll want to place the bag with the zipper or the access point facing the wall, not the aisle.</p> <p> It&#39;s also best to place it upside down, Coffey added. Any would-be thief would have to physically pull the bag out to take something from it.</p> <p> [<a href="">7 Tips to Protect Your Money While on Vacation</a>]</p>

If you don&#39;t take it with you, hide it

<p> If you&#39;re going to leave your seat and you don&#39;t want to take your wallet or purse with you, then bury your wallet, credit card and cash deep inside your carry-on bag and just keep out one credit card (or cash) to buy in-flight goodies.</p> <p> &quot;When we talk about in-seat theft, the thieves aren&#39;t going to take your laptop,&quot; Coffey said. &quot;What they will take is your wallet, credit cards, pocketbooks.&quot;</p> <p> [<a href="">6 Tips for a Safe and Healthy Cruise</a>]</p>

Store your carry-on bag near your seat

<p> Many people stow their bags in overhead compartments near the front of the plane, no matter where their seats happen to be, just so they can make a fast exit once the plane lands. Don&#39;t do it.</p> <p> &quot;Everyone gets up at the same time, and you can&#39;t see &mdash; and any knucklehead can pick up your bag, and you have no clue,&quot; Coffey said. &quot;If you have to, put it under the seat in front of you.&quot;</p> <p> [<a href="">On the Road: 7 Safety Tips for Women Driving Alone</a>]</p>

Hanging up your coat? Take valuables out of the pockets

<p> The Air France flight attendant told police she stole items from the pockets of passengers&#39; coats and bags. In fact, any passenger could go into the coat closet and steal things.</p> <p> If you want to hang your jacket up in the coat closet, or store it in the overhead bin, take your wallet, cash, passport, credit cards &mdash; anything of value &mdash; out of the pockets, Coffey recommended. Then, hide those valuables.</p> <p> [<a href="">How to Get Through Airport Security Faster</a>]</p>

5 Ways to Keep Your Valuables Safe In-Flight