I thought I had read where somebody suggested tie wraps to lock your suitcase that were checked in. Now I hear you are not to lock your suitcase in case they want to open it. Please tell me which way, lock or not lock. I know I will get the correct answer on this board. Thanks.
These days we are asked not to lock your checked luggage, yes they may find a need to look through it and if its locks, they will simply break the locks if they need to, so keep then un-locked.
If you lock your suitcases with regular locks, the baggage screeners can cut off (and ruin) the locks if the x-ray shows something they want to examine more closely. It has been suggested that the plastic tie locks that can be easily cut off if necessary are a good alternative. Be sure to carry extra ties to re-lock your suitcases and a nail clipper to cut off the ties when you get to your destination.
woo hoo 6/22 me too! I got some zip ties, cable ties, wire ties...I've heard them called all three...from Home depot.....$3 for a bag of 100......they will possibly cut them...but from what I've heard if you have something on it...they'll replace them....it is also nice to use when you have to put your luggage outside your cabin the last night...I've always been a little leary of doing that...so now I'll feel a little better.
Cable ties. Keep them on and if they have been cut off immediately check your bags for anything missing and call security and make a report. The put another cable tie back on it. Too much stealing to allow someone to search my bag without me watching them.
Get nylon luggage straps from Samsonite or American Tourister. You can tighten them as tight as you want around the luggage and they come in bright green or yellow. This also makes it easy when you seek out your luggage because it stands out from the masses.
They are allowed in your checked luggage (they made us take them out of our carry on's when they went through the x-ray machine at BWI airport) they won't help you to cut cable ties if they are locked in your suitcase. I saw what was on that website, but I think each airport may have a different set of rules. Being so close to DC they tend to be a little more cautious. I do like that site though, I had no idea it even existed...thanks! Either way, I say lock the suitcase. I have been on 4 cruises, always locked my suitcase and never once had it cut off. If they need to get in there that bad they can have the lock, if not I feel like my stuff is safe.