I’m curious where everyone stands on this. I’m sitting in the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt at the moment, and overheard an older gentlemen say to his wife “you can leave your bags there, nobody would steal anything here.” It really got me thinking about my habits in lounges when it comes to keeping an eye on my bags. While I’ll almost always briefly leave my bags unattended if I’m just going to get something to eat from the buffet, my behavior varies otherwise depending on the lounge I’m in.
And I think I figured out my pattern, as subconscious as it might be — in international first class lounges I have no problem leaving my bags unattended, though in business class or domestic lounges I’ll keep an eye on my bags at all times. In other words, the Lufthansa First Class Terminal has a restaurant area, and when I go to have my meal I just leave my bag in the seating area without thinking twice about it.
I guess what I can’t quite figure out is why I think that way. Is it a function of first class lounges being less crowded than business class lounges, or is it a function of trusting the guests in the lounge more? I’m not sure…
Where do you stand? Do you leave your bags unattended in lounges? If so, is it a function of the type of lounge?
I’m off to have lunch in the restaurant. Please don’t touch the $9,000 in cash lying next to my carry-on, which I can’t even see. 😉