I was reading some of the older posts, and seems like majority of the tPF memeber were NOT checking their LVs, and one of the most common reasons was fear of theft. But, with so many fakes floating around, do you think a thief or a sleazy baggage handler would know the real from the fake? Wouldn't they just assume it's fake simply because it's checked? I traveled to Shanghai for business last year. As I waited for my checked luggage, seemed like 75% of what came out on the conveyor belt were LVs, fake ones of course . I would never check LV luggage because they might get damaged. But I think I would be protected from thieves by the sheer quantity of fakes, lol.