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Old April 3rd, 2010, 02:18 PM
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Normally when we cruise we drive and instead of locking the luggage, we use the little plastic " ties." Although it won't keep a thief out, at least you can tell if someone has been in the luggage and if so, it had to be at or on the ship.
Our upcoming trip is one where we have to fly across country. I'm not crazy about leaving my luggage just zipped, and then not too crazy about the TSA locks either. I don't mind the TSA looking through my stuff but don't want someone to steal my undies or pants either !!
How many of you use the TSA locks or do you jut leave the luggage zipped and hope for the best?
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Old April 3rd, 2010, 04:49 PM
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We use TSA locks whether we are flying, driving, or walking (well, not walking).

If you use the plastic ties, you don't know who got into your stuff. If you use TSA locks, you know. Doesn't mean nothing will ever be taken, but it does let you know who got your undies.
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We've used luggage equipped with TSA locks for several years now. Works great, no problems. And we have occassionally had the TSA notice laying on top when we open the bags.
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Thanks--I appreciate the replies. I feel more comfortable using the locks but didn't know if most folks used them now or not. I think I'll keep my stuff locked up--not that I have anything of real importance anyway but no need to tempt someone.
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Definitely use the TSA locks - they work great, and also protect you if you're staying in a hotel. I put any valuables in the suitcase - instead of their safe. Been using them since they came out and it's been well worth having them plus easier than using the plastic gizmos.
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I think I'll keep my stuff locked up--not that I have anything of real importance anyway but no need to tempt someone.
There it is in a nutshell. Don't put anything valuable (passport, jewelry, money, etc.) in your checked bags. Keep it in your carry-on.

Many years ago when I was teaching sales classes overseas, my instruction materials (which I had checked as baggage) didn't show up until two days after the class started. Taught me a lesson - don't check anything you can't function without.
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I've always used regular locks and have never had a problem doing so
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I haven't used a "lock" on my suitcase in 25 years and I have flown hundreds of thousand of miles in that time. I use the cable ties and leave it at that.

Locks do keep honest people honest and gives the owner a false sense of security. That's about it. A cable tie will serve the same purpose. Someone can open a soft sided suitcase in the same time or less than you can unlock it. A screwdriver, jackknife or ball point pen is all that's needed. A hard sided case offers a bit more protection but don't think it's secure.

Go ahead and use the TSA locks. It will keep your luggage from coming unzipped and keep the temptation down but you can stay with the cable ties and be just as secure.

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