Hi all, Maybe someone can help me here. What's the rule with lugage being locked ? NOT locked for the plane, but LOCKED for the ship? Does anyone know how strick the airports are with locked luggage. Will the open up stuff locked?
You will need to keep your luggage un-lucked for your flight, and yes they will break open locks if they want to do a check. I don't think it matters when you board the cruise ship, but we just keep it un-lucked for that too.
Just to give you some information about locks. There is a new type of combination lock for luggage today that can be opened by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA Agents) using a special device and they do not have to cut off the lock. It also has a small security window which changes color from green to red when a security access has been used. I bought it online. It is called Search Alert made by Prestolock. You can probably do a search for luggage locks and find out more about the ones that are available. I haven't used mine yet but expect to fly in the near future. Hope this helps you. I was not comfortable leaving my luggage without some kind of lock on it when flying so I purchased the locks. Actually if someone wants to break into your bags no lock is going to stop them but I feel this is better than nothing.
That is NOT true about them breaking the locks if they want to search your luggage. At least at Miami Airport, they have new regulations where you STAY with your checked luggage as it goes thru security, you no longer drop it off at the airline counter. They checked our luggage but had us open the locks, so no breaking of locks.
Not sure what they do at other airports, but Miami has this new procedure...
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At the airports they have these really thin strips of plastic where you slip the pointed end into a thicker end and it has little teeth on it so you can hook it closed, but can't pull it apart. They have to cut it to open up your bag, and then they put on another to close it. Yes, anyone could cut it off, I suppose, but I think it's better than leaving it open. Not all airports have you stay with the luggage and if they really want to get in, they can break the lock. I found my own set of these plastic ties at Riteaid, they're designed for tying bunches of wiring together . Mine were in different colors and lengths. The airport ones were white. At least with the colors, I could tell if someone took it off and put a new one on, altho they are supposed to put a note into your suitcase if they have inspected it. I used these for my cruises, as I too, was uncertain if they would need to get in the bag. The worst part of my plan for air travel is you need scissors to cut the dang thing open when you get to your destination, and you can't carry those in your carry one as they will take them from you!!! I suppose you could always borrow scissors from somewhere when you get to where you are going, but in the case of a hotel, it's another hassle. Can't win. Those new locks discussed above sound good, probably cost a fortune if you have 5 or so bags for a family.
Monday at Fort Lauderdale we had to leave our luggage at a special security screening area. They told us to make sure it was unlocked and we tried to watch but they told us to leave. All the bags were stamped "checked by ....." and I assume they were all opened and searched.
Also, if you are carrying any waterproof cameras they recommend that they be hand inspected as 1. they use 800 speed film and even the carry on xrays can harm that film
2. they are enclosed in a plastic case....a potentially good place to hide things
Here at the Peoria Airport, the TSA has their own cable ties (Plastic Locking Straps) that they place on your luggage. We do stay with our bags while they are checked. I always carry extra cable ties & nail clipper in the outside pocket of my checked bag. I want something on my bag when I leave it in the hall at the end of a cruise. I know if someone wants, they will find a way in the bag but at least I feel I tried. I cut that cable tie off at the airport and make sure one is put back on after ckecking in.
Incidently, not all airports have the key to open the TSA approved locks, they are expensive and sometimes get cut off.
I agree that these locks are expensive. I paid $17.95 for two, no shipping, however, the company does guarantee that if the lock is cut off by the TSA inspectors, and assuming you get the lock back from them ,which I kind of doubt, they will replace it at no charge if you return it to them. So I made the investment and we will see what happens. It will probably work well at large airports but don't know how I will make out when coming home from a smaller airport in the Caribbean where the inspectors might not have the special key. They also sell what they call Luggage Security Seals (20 for $5.95 with free shipping) which sounds like what some of these posts have described Don't know if I am allowed to tell you where I bought them but will take a chance-- it was from Tamperseal.com. . Good luck folks.
Thank you all for your comments. I have this very old 'hard case' piece of luggage that i believe is called a 'train case'. It's great for carring all my bathroom stuff in it becasue eveything can stand up. However, if not locked the lid can open up easily and all my stuff will be all over the place. I'm baffled now as to what to do???
Try using a luggage belt. They can be found in the travel/luggage section of Target or KMart. We use them on our large black luggage and they also are a help in identifing our luggage at the airport or dock. We also lock our luggage when flying but we have to wait to see if they want to inspect it. If so, then we relock it. No problems.
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They just had us unlock are bag they went thru and then we relocked . This was in San Juan , Springfield MO, Northwest Ark and Huston TX.after I relocked they put a tape on it searched. I did not know there was a limit on Cigarette lighters I had bought at each port. They were in checked bags but they made me remove my extra bic.
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