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Old December 1st, 2007, 12:41 PM
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Default Silly question regarding cable ties...

Since you can't carry scissors or knives aboard an airplane, how do you cut the cable ties off of your bags when you get to your room? :-)
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My suggestion is to get the TSA locks for your bags. That way TSA can get into you bags if needed, however your bags are still secure. Here is a link to a list of prohibited items. Per this list the no knives are allowed and the scissors allowed are plastic or metal with blunt tips or metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches in length.
http://www.tsa.gov/assets/pdf/Prohib...ly_3-16-07.pdf

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No questions are silly; that's how we all learn. What I do is place a toe nail clipper in an unlocked compartment of a checked bag. It does a great job cutting cable ties.
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AH! Excellent tip. Thank you!
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We are going to look into the TSA locks soon too. We use cable ties on JetBlue the last few trips. We put a finger nail clipper in our carry on and one in my purse. They work great. Just be sure not to pull the tie too tight. DH did once and it was difficult at first.
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as a couple of the others have suggested, tuck a pair of nail clippers in an outside zippered compartment of your checked baggage for snipping the cable ties.
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Default Nail Clipper Allowed In Carry On

I use nail clippers (small size) - this item is allowable as a carry on item. The last time I looked, so were small round tipped scissors.
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What are cable ties and what are they used for?
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What are cable ties and what are they used for?
Cable ties are plastic strips about 1/8" to 1/4" wide, in varying lengths, with a square bulb at one end and a "zipper" surface, used to bundle wires into electrical cables. You can buy them at Radio Shack or at any other shop that sells electrical wire and electronic components. To use them, you wrap them around the wire (or whatever) and insert the free end into the bulb, pull to tighten, and snip off the free end that extends beyond the bulb. The "zipper" surface has teeth that engage teeth inside the bulb, so it cannot come undone. Thus, you have to cut it off with wire snips or something similar. On many electrical cables made up of discrete wires, you'll find them every foot or so.

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So do you use it on your luggage. I thought you couldn't lock your luggage, or is it not considered a lock?
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So do you use it on your luggage. I thought you couldn't lock your luggage, or is it not considered a lock?
Nobody says that you can't lock your luggage. Rather, the TSA says that they will cut off or break the lock if they need to open your luggage to inspect it. In the same way, they will simply cut the cable tie.

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I never knew that, I thought you had to leave your luggage opened just closed by the zipper. Thanks for the very useful information.
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Yep, I found some of the TSA locks yestrday at a local outlet- 1.50 for a pair!
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I never knew that, I thought you had to leave your luggage opened just closed by the zipper. Thanks for the very useful information.
jhearty1 you can also use a TSA lock like the one pictured below. These locks have a code so TSA can get into your bag and relocked it when they are done. Notice the red TSA symbol.
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The cable ties are great for Carnival's new El-Cheapo luggage tags. We downloaded several luggage tags onto card stock paper, covered each one with 2" wide clear tape. Then folded them in half, hole punched, and ran the cable through the holes and the luggage handles. I printed our last name in huge bold print on each label so they were easy to see and haven't lost one yet.
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Wow, that is a great price you paid for the locks - are you sure they are TSA approved??
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I am sure she did get the TSA ones. I just bout a set at Radio Shack and very nice I might add for $1.99. They were on sale!
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This is what cable ties look like. You can buy a couple hundred at Wal-Mart, Target or any hardware store for around $10. Stick a nail clipper in the outside pocket of your checked bags. Also stick a bunch of cable ties in the same pocket so you always have extra.

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We like them better too. I think if TSA opens one, they replace it with a white one so we use color ones. A friend told me he writes on his so he can tell if it's been tampered with. We put a nail clipper in the outside of each bag just in case.
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