HOUSTON -

Keeping your suitcase safe while flying can be a challenge.

According to experts, you should remove tags from previous trips, especially those small bag-check stickers, and avoid travel stickers or decals.

Stickers or decals could be misread by a scanner.

You should also remove any straps that can get stuck on a conveyor belt.

Checking an expensive-looking bag can be a target for a crook.

Place an itinerary with your contact information and e-mail address in a visible place inside the bag, travel experts said.

It is a good idea to put the address of your destination and not your home address on the outside of the bag.

Your home address could announce a house is available to be robbed.