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Old January 16th, 2011, 04:10 PM
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I heard there is a policy on Carnival that all locks must be removed from checked bags. But there has been a lot of uproar about the handling of the luggage and the fact the luggage is left outside your cabin room for you to bring inside, leaving the entire contents of checked luggage at risk for theft. Are you still locking your luggage?

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Just use a TSA lock. I do and have never had an issue
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Old January 16th, 2011, 04:44 PM
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Yes, but I am convinced it's a waste of time...can't hurt I suppose?
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I agree, it is for my piece of mind, and it could detour the honest people
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Old January 16th, 2011, 05:37 PM
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Yes, we always lock our luggage.

If there is something they need to look at, they can come get me.
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Old January 16th, 2011, 06:05 PM
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I saw a bit on TV where they can just split the zipper with a pen.....
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Old January 16th, 2011, 06:51 PM
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I stuff my hardside luggage so...I worry about the tabs coming open...which is why I also strap it.

Although I would be mad if porters on the docks stole hubby's $600 rattlesnake boots.....
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Old January 16th, 2011, 07:41 PM
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Nope:

I just secure the zipper tabs with cable ties. It keeps it from coming open and keeps the honest people honest.

If you have soft sided luggage and someone wants to get into it they will. It takes as much time as it takes you to undo the combination lock or find the key and unlock it.

If you want to lock it go ahead otherwise I just recommend the cable ties.

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I reckon the cable ties would take longer to remove, especially big ones done tight.
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I reckon the cable ties would take longer to remove, especially big ones done tight.
With a good pair of cutters? Cable ties are circumvented quickly. But again, they keep honest people honest. Since who's gonna have any diagonal cutters with them on a ship?
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what do cable ties really do? If you're luggage needs to be checked, shouldn't they come get you to unlock the bag?? I realize that locks aren't foolproof, but any joe can come along and cut the cable ties in the corridors where they leave your luggage.
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Hahahahahha!!!

Cable ties for us as well. Who travels with diagonal cutters? ME! I zip tie the zippers on our suitcase with cable ties and then throw the diagonal cutters in the zippered pouch on the front of the suitcase so I can cut them off later.

Here's the catch. We use COLORED zip ties as they serve two purposes.

1.) We zip tie our luggage, as stated above to keep honest people from making a mistake. If you have a reason to be in my luggage? No problem, cut them, use my cutters even if you want, you likely just seen them on the x-ray machine anyway.

2.) Colored because if a person was in our suitcase was in there that shouldn't be, I doubt they are going to have the same brand and color zip tie as me to attempt to cover up what they did. We keep our extra (spare) unused zip ties in the gf's purse which she always has on her.

Bottom line to use zip ties are they are cheap, and if you part ways with your luggage, as soon as you are re-united with it, if the zip ties are missing, pardon the pun but, "Hold the boat, who was in our luggage." and you can then inspect accordingly.

Works great for airlines as well as when we got off our flight back from our cruise last week and claimed our luggage at the airport the zip tie was missing off one suitcase. As soon as we got to our hotel we inspected it and found a letter from security stating it was a random security inspection. We found nothing missing from our luggage.

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Would nail clippers work on the cable ties? I don't want to go out and buy diagonal clippers, might as well just buy locks then. Just wondering if anythinge else would work to clip them off.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 04:35 PM
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Nail clipers SHOULD work. If you had smaller clippers, and a slightly larger cable tie, you MIGHT have difficulty though. Real easy to try though, just pick up some cable ties at your local hardware store that look the right size to fit through your zippers and try out your nail clippers on them.

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I always lock the case and also use a locking strap. Mine happen to be TSA locks, but don't have to be for cruise ships - TSA has nothing to do with cruise port/ship security.

There is no Carnival requirement to leave luggage unlocked - especially since they won't accept responsibility for it until is is on the ship. Even at that, Carnival only covers the first $50 per bag up to a max of $100 per cabin.

No ball point pen is going to open my suitcase and if Carnival wants in, they are going to have to notify me.
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I use nail clippers to undo the cable ties. I keep a pair in the outside pocket of each case. A small nail clipper will handle almost any cable tie.

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If it's a fellow passenger couldn’t they just roll the luggage away with them? It would look less suspicious then messing with the luggage in the hall. I do lock my luggage except for the airline.
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If it's a fellow passenger couldn’t they just roll the luggage away with them? It would look less suspicious then messing with the luggage in the hall. I do lock my luggage except for the airline.
They could. I don't think fellow passengers are the main culprit, however.
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What would be their reason for not having locked luggage. In case of an emergency or something? That is always a little risky because many people are handling it. I would prefer to find some way to lock it. Even if they try to resist it.
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We have used the zip ties successfully and yes nail clippers work fine to cut them. Just remember not to have nail clippers in your carry on when you fly.

The TSA locks can be picked by a drunk monkey wearing mittens but that is what we use. We just FEEL safer when they are locked. Criminal behavior is opportunistic so reducing the opportunity goes a long way in reducing the risk. If someone wants in bad enough no lock is going to stop them.

The cruise lines (and airlines) request no locks to speed up inspections but both have access to the TSA master keys and can easily inspect when necessary.
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The cruise lines (and airlines) request no locks to speed up inspections but both have access to the TSA master keys and can easily inspect when necessary.
I'm not buying that cruise lines have access to TSA keys, but maybe something has changed. TSA has nothing to do with cruise port security.

In any event, there is no requirement to use TSA locks on cruise lines and I doubt the drunk monkeys have the authority to break locks. If they suspected something hazardous, me thinks they call the appropriate authorities to deal with.

Nail clippers, as long as there is no knife blade attached, are permitted. Nail clippers with a file attached are permitted. If some drunk TSA monkey says they aren't they need more training. On a cruise ship, not an issue even if there is a knife attached. Hell, one of the first things you can get on a cruise ship is a steak knife and they sell nail clippers in the gift shop.
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I don't lock my bags. I carry anything of value myself. I kind of doubt anyone is going to steal clothing and sneakers. If they are that desperate, then they can have the stuff.
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We do lock our luggage with TSA locks since we have to fly to get anywhere from here . We also use the luggage straps, partly for ID, partly to keep "stuff" from falling out.

If the cruise line agents want to see what's in my luggage, I'll be glad to show them, but I won't leave my luggage unlocked from the pier to the ship.
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I'm not buying that cruise lines have access to TSA keys, but maybe something has changed. TSA has nothing to do with cruise port security.

In any event, there is no requirement to use TSA locks on cruise lines and I doubt the drunk monkeys have the authority to break locks. If they suspected something hazardous, me thinks they call the appropriate authorities to deal with.

Nail clippers, as long as there is no knife blade attached, are permitted. Nail clippers with a file attached are permitted. If some drunk TSA monkey says they aren't they need more training. On a cruise ship, not an issue even if there is a knife attached. Hell, one of the first things you can get on a cruise ship is a steak knife and they sell nail clippers in the gift shop.
Point taken. Even though the cruise line COULD open a locked suitcase, they won't instead they will contact you to come and open it for them if the x-ray picks up something suspicious.

Nail clippers were on the TSA list as banned from carry-ons but after reading your email I checked and they are not there now. Sorry about providing outdated information. And I didn't mean to imply they couldn't be brought onto the ship.
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You don't need to carry nail clippers, or anything else on for that matter to cut them off. Just place your cutting tool of choice in on of the seperate zippered pouches on the front / side of your suitcase by itself. That's where I put our wire cutters.

As long as you don't put your spare zip ties in there with the cutters, then the "Crook" could replace the tie with a new one. Carry on the zip ties, they are plastic and are a non-issue to metal detectors anyway.

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I used to travel in the US on flights with just twist ties to help security but after reading about the employed security staff opening up luggage, stopped.\
Now I use TSA locks and cable ties thru the zipper sides as I discovered one can loose a lock during the flight load/unloads of bags.
So, the cable tie kept in place and I also keep a pair of small scissors in the outer pocket together with duct tape and clear plastic tape.
The clear plastic tape I use to wrap around the address tags as they rip off also during loads and unloads.
If the ship wants to look at my suitcase interior they can call me from my cabin.
To much temptation for those who want to work and and steal hoping they can get away with some bureaucratic cruise line official trying to make their job easy or less expensive.

Speaking of TSA LOCKS, why is it number 7 does not open up another number 7 from a differnet package.
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