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A. Yes 5 5.75%
B. No 80 91.95%
C. No, but someone I know had items stolen 1 1.15%
D. I don't believe this ever happens 1 1.15%
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Old February 25th, 2008, 07:53 PM
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Default LOCK YOUR LUGGAGE -- I HAVE LEARNED MY LESSON

Never had this problem before and I ALWAYS have liquor and smokes and other goodies in my luggage.

I just got off of the RCCL Majesty of the Seas (I normally cruise Carnival). Sometime between 8:30 p.m. when I put my luggage in the hallway on the last day of the cruise and when I went to unpack my luggage at my home, I discoverd that someone had gone into my luggage and taken my two cartons of cigarettes.

At first I thought that it was an airport employee but now I am not quite so sure. I don't know if the airport employees at my designation airport would have had the time to dig through my luggage, luck up and find the smokes and take them.

The employees on the RCCL ship would have had plenty of time to go through the luggage. As I am not familiar with RCCL, I don't know if this is a common occurrence.

Also, when I returned to my cabin on the last night of the cruise at approximately 1 a.m., I noticed that none of the bags that I and the other cruisers along my hall had been picked up. This means that the bags holding the belongings of all of us had been sitting in the hall for over 5 hours. I don't know what time the bags were collected but it was after 1 a.m.

Another point to note. . . .When I called the airline to complain, I was told that I had four hours upon which to file a claim for anything that is missing out of my luggage. After that 4 hour window, an airline passenger is out of luck. Since I didn't make this discovery until the following morning when I unpacked my bags at hom. Tt was too late to file a "normal" claim. My airline did give me a $30 voucher for use on a future flight to offset my loss.

One other thing that I did without thinking was leave my tags from the cruise ship on my bags when I checked them with the airlines. It was like having a flag attached that said, "I just came from vacation, look for goodies."

BTW, I was very sick (flu) when returning from this cruise and I was just not on top of my game which is how the ship's tags were left on the bags and why I didn't even start to unpack until the following morning, well outside the four hour window to file a claim.

Next time I go to Walmart, I will pick up whatever kind of lock is approved by the TSA.

Next time I travel, I will remove all cruise tags. I will quickly check my luggage when I pick it up from the ship. I will check it again when I pick it up from the airline. Finally, I will unpack as soon as I get home.
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Old February 25th, 2008, 08:16 PM
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I use multi colored zip ties and can tell immediately if my bags were opened.
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Old February 25th, 2008, 09:58 PM
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Just as soon as I get off the plane going to get on the ship I lock
my luggage and put tie wraps on them. When leaving the ship they
are locked too.
now once you get to the air port they cant be locked so you would
know who was taking stuff out of your luggage by that.
Matter a fact Carnival tells you on their web site to always lock
your luggage once you get to the port.
I leave my cruise tags on the ship till the next time I am using it.
Sorry you had a problem.

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It wasn't a cruise but an airline flight from Cancun to Houston. A t-shirt that my ex had purchased in Cancun was missing from her luggage.
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I always lock my bags. Even if I don't carry any "valuables" in it.. I just don't like the idea of someone pawing my unmentionables.
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I always lock my bags. Even if I don't carry any "valuables" in it.. I just don't like the idea of someone pawing my unmentionables.
You carry items that are unmentionable?
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I always lock my bags. Even if I don't carry any "valuables" in it.. I just don't like the idea of someone pawing my unmentionables.
You carry items that are unmentionable?
I was being polite.. lingerie.
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I always lock my bags. Even if I don't carry any "valuables" in it.. I just don't like the idea of someone pawing my unmentionables.
You carry items that are unmentionable?
I was being polite.. lingerie.
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I use TSA approved locks on my checked bags Even if I am not flying.
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Hi
To start out lol I bought new locks for my luggage a few weeks
ago and the person told me I can leave them on at the airport.
Will find out shortly. (April)
Now they are call samsonite travel sentry key locks there is a set
of 2 in a package. On the package it has each travel sentry approved key
lock as a special identification mark alearting teh TSA that they can
open it without destroying the lock. If a checked baggage inspection is nessary. Each key lock has a special TSA code.The TSA station is able to
use this code and secured tools to open they key lock and then relock
it after inspection. Of course I will check at the airport when I arrive
there so they dont cut them. There is a TSA code on the bottom of the
locks also.

Lets hope or I will be calling Samsonite for a refund.. lol
So far I have not had a problem with missing items but there is
always a first time. But I still lock them any time as soon as I pick
them up at the airport to go to the ship. Carnival tells you to lock
them at the port. I dont ever put my camera or any thing like that
in my luggage anyway I carry that stuff.
My sister in law had her luggage checked at the airport last time but
they put a letter in it saying they had it open. So I would think if you
had yours open and something is missing and no letter then they
should refund what was taken.?

Any one used these locks????

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consider it a sign that you should stop smoking

my mom's husband just had an entire lung removed last Friday due to cancer. It was huge. He's 75 and stopped smoking in his thirtys.

my grandmother died of of lung cancer at 76 - she had been a smoker and I had actually gotten her to quit when she was 60.

you should stop while you're ahead...

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consider it a sign that you should stop smoking

my mom's husband just had an entire lung removed last Friday due to cancer. It was huge. He's 75 and stopped smoking in his thirtys.

my grandmother died of of lung cancer at 76 - she had been a smoker and I had actually gotten her to quit when she was 60.

you should stop while you're ahead...

Take this as someone who cares about your well being
This is not a smoking no smoking thread. It is a thread about security. It could have been liquor, souvenirs or even clothing. It so happens that it was smokes.

Geezz

I have had my luggage opened at the airport before, no problem. They leave a letter in your luggage.

To be honest, I believe this may have happened on the ship. There is a whole different demeanor by the crew towards the passengers on the two RCCL ships I was on.
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The airlines have made me take off my locks before, however I have, on several occassions had a note in my luggage from the airline stating that they randomly picked my luggage to go through ---- nothing was missing.
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consider it a sign that you should stop smoking

my mom's husband just had an entire lung removed last Friday due to cancer. It was huge. He's 75 and stopped smoking in his thirtys.

my grandmother died of of lung cancer at 76 - she had been a smoker and I had actually gotten her to quit when she was 60.

you should stop while you're ahead...

Take this as someone who cares about your well being

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I think Carnival warns you that the porters at the terminal are not their employees, therefore you need to lock luggage as they have no control.

Last few times I'v flown my luggage was checked.. no biggie.

Michelle.. you're saying that quitting doesn't help??? 30 years and 16 years and it's still because of smoking??
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Because of a thread I read not too long ago about someone who claimed they gave their luggage to the porters and it ended up on the wrong ship, when I give the porters my luggage, I always hang around until I see the bin containing my bags picked up by the forklift (or whatever) and driven towards the ship. At that point, I walk into the terminal and proceed with the check in process.

From now on I will be more diligent and have some sort of lock security device to alert me if anyone opens my luggage.

Since they were only smokes, it was a small price to pay for a very good lesson. I would not want it to be an occasion when I place a $200+ camera in my luggage with irreplaceable pictures and have that taken or I have gold jewelry in my luggage (I have done that before). I now know that it is a very real possibility that someone (anyone) will and can get the opportunity to lift something out of your luggage.
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I use TSA approved locks on my checked bags Even if I am not flying.


Joe then the airport lets you leave the new locks locked???
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My bet would be on the airlines instead of the cruiselines! My sisiter had several rolls of quarters taken from her luggage after the flight, but before the cruise. Of course, who knows? I still trust the cruiselines to the upmost....because that is what I want to do
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Hi
To start out lol I bought new locks for my luggage a few weeks
ago and the person told me I can leave them on at the airport.
Will find out shortly. (April)
Now they are call samsonite travel sentry key locks there is a set
of 2 in a package. On the package it has each travel sentry approved key
lock as a special identification mark alearting teh TSA that they can
open it without destroying the lock. If a checked baggage inspection is nessary. Each key lock has a special TSA code.The TSA station is able to
use this code and secured tools to open they key lock and then relock
it after inspection. Of course I will check at the airport when I arrive
there so they dont cut them. There is a TSA code on the bottom of the
locks also.

Lets hope or I will be calling Samsonite for a refund.. lol
So far I have not had a problem with missing items but there is
always a first time. But I still lock them any time as soon as I pick
them up at the airport to go to the ship. Carnival tells you to lock
them at the port. I dont ever put my camera or any thing like that
in my luggage anyway I carry that stuff.
My sister in law had her luggage checked at the airport last time but
they put a letter in it saying they had it open. So I would think if you
had yours open and something is missing and no letter then they
should refund what was taken.?

Any one used these locks????

Sammy 1954
I think I use these same locks, we bought ours in a pack of eight since it seems we have small luggage store developing in our crawlspace. All 8 locks use the same key, even though we have 2 keys for each lock, so we have LOTS of extras. I have never had a problem with them, and on our last trip we actually were able to witness TSA using their key to open the lock, search the luggage and relock the luggage with no problems. They seems to work fine for us on our last 3-4 trips we have had them on.
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We use the TSA locks on our luggage and have never had a problem. We put our "unmentionables" in ziploc bags so that they can be searched without anyone actually touching them. That would bother me and certainly would bother my 16-year-old dd. She probably would never wear them again! Be careful about putting cameras, leather jackets and similar items in checked airline luggage. A friend had his leather jacket and camera stolen a few years ago and the airline was not liable- it said in the carrier contract that they are not responsible for such items. Michelle
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Since the airlines allow one carry on bag, I always put my valuable things like jewelry, my camera, souvineers, etc.. in there. One cruise line misplaced one of my suitcases one time (they found it and I got it back) but I've been paranoid ever since.
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