updated 4/12/2011 2:12:05 PM ET 2011-04-12T18:12:05

Fluffy robe? Fluffy towels? Room in the suitcase ... ?

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It used to be that a conscience that would keep most travelers from pilfering a set of comfy linens or that nice pool towel. Now technology is here to keep us honest.

The New York Times travel blog, In Transit, reports that a washable RFID chip can be sewn into sheets, bathrobes and towels. So far, just three hotels — in Manhattan, Miami and Honolulu — are using the technology from Linen Technology Tracking.

But such inventory control could be coming soon to a hotel on your itinerary.

Another option for liberating linens, of course, is truck-stop motels. But the thread count tends to be lower and the bathrobes nonexistent. (Just be sure not to pay with a credit card.)

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