We keep reading about using a zip tie or a cable cord to secure
luggage when you travel. My three questions are: (1) What are these
items? Is a cable cord the same as a "bungie" cord (I know what that
is!)? A zip tie? (2) How exactly is a cable cord or zip tie useful?
and (3) where do you buy them? Thanks!
This is what I think. It ia also what I do. After I lock my luggage with the VERY secure saftey key, I put a luggage belt around it. That is what I call it anyway. I looks just like a belt and you can buy them anywhere, wal-mart, k-mart etc. It is just an extra method of securing. Just so our delicates arent' strewn on the luggage belt!
I assume the cable cord is the same as a bungie. A zip tie is a kind of plastic wire tie commonly used, for example, to bind bicycle cables to the frame. Your local hardware or building supply store will have some available in various sizes. Look in the electrical section under the general term of cable management.
While traveling, they are used in lieu of locks on soft luggage going through security inspecttion to prevent damage to zippers. They are easily removed by clipping and quickly replaced. Just keep a supply handy.
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A zip tie is a plastic wire tie that you see used to keep wires bundled together. People use these to keep their luggage zippers closed and secure instead of keyed locks because airport security will randomly check the contents of some luggage and if yours is chosen for inspection they will break the lock to get inside. After they've done the inspection they will use cable ties to secure your luggage again.
They now make luggage locks that are TSA approved. They are combination locks that have a keyhole for TSA personnel to use a master key to open them if they need to inspect the luggage. They're not cheap at about $10 each, but they'll keep your unmentionables from spilling out on the conveyor system. And they have an indicator that changes from green to red if the lock was opened by an override key. Plus there's a free replacement warranty if the lock gets cut off because the TSA didn't have the key.
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We used tie wrap/zip ties whatever you want to call them on our recent trip on the Victory. One suitcase was opened at the airport and a new tie wrap put on by security personnel. We knew then that our bag had been opened..it isn't going to stop a search by officials, but it might stop someone in a hurry from choosing your bag to rifle through...and if it had our tie wrap still on it we pretty much knew no one had been in our bag.. and the zippers didn't come undone either..put a nail clipper in one of the outside zipper areas to clip off the zip tie so WE could get in!