I am going on my 1st cruise dec 2nd and i have read on here to make sure you use you luggage locks and for added security put cable ties on your bags. Question if i do all this and they are now searching bags are they going to break my locks and all or do they just have dogs sniff them?? This is for my checked luggage. Also do they search you personaly when you go onboard?? Like with a metal scanner or what, i have never flown and this is my 1st cruise so i am wondering, I want to take nail clippers to cut off the cable ties but don't want them to take them from me?? Thanks so much..
You are not going to get the nail clippers through as carry on or on your person.
Put them in a pocket on the outside of checked luggage that does not have a cable tie on it. If you lose the clipper for some reason, your cabin steward will come up with something to cut open your ties. Checked baggage is generally subject to no more that xray and bomb sniffing at most, however, certain airlines and airports are checking checked bags upon entry to the terminal (ie Delta at
JFK in NY) As such they may make you open even the checked bags.
We experienced this on Oct 30 at JFK. Call your carrier in advance and ask what they are doing at your specific airport and airline.
Smile and relax through all this new stuff, it is only for your safety.
Enjoy your trip.