If flying, they are saying to not lock your checked bags

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  1. MikeAlletto

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    http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/12/19/tsa...ing/index.html
    Yeah so the security guys don't have to cut your locks when they want to look for something to steal. Will the airlines increase the dollar amount that they are liable for on checked bags now? I don't trust any of them. They bust open my lock they are going to have to buy me a new one.
     
  2. Dennis Reno

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    Sorry, the locks are staying on my bags. A missing lock is a far more effective signal that your bag has been "searched" (baggage handling slang for "already removed valuables".)
     
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    We were discussing this at work yesterday ... doesn't it violate privacy rights if they search our bags without us present (to ensure they don't rip off our valuables)?
     
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    What privacy rights? Off the top of my head the closest thing to a right to privacy is protection against unreasonable search and seizure and you won't find a judge in America (not even in San Francisco) that says it's unreasonable to search a bag before it goes on a plane.
     
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    Great, now where do we adults pack our...er...um...toys?:b
     
  6. MikeAlletto

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    I don't have a problem with them searching my bag, but they should call you out if they do. Since you can't go right to the gate anymore and everyone has to go to the ticket counters, just have the machines there...search everyones checked bags as far as I'm concerned, but do it as we are checking in.

    Whats funny is they admit that stealing from bags is a big problem yet they tell people to basically not worry about it.
     
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    On my bags I put both a lock and one of those plastic ties (the ones you can't get off unless you cut it). At least if they search my bag I will be aware and be sure to check for missing items before I leave the airport.
     
  8. Daren Welsh

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    Mike beat me to it ... I may grumble, but I don't have a problem with security asking to search my bags while I watch over them. I do have a problem with them searching my bags behind closed doors where I can't see whether they're stealing my stuff or not.
     
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    My mom had $200.00 cash stolen from her handbag while it was going thru San Francisco International's "Security Check" X-ray machine. Her handbag had to go thru the X-ray machine twice before they cleared it. They "cleared" it alright. Be careful anytime your stuff is out of your sight. Maybe locks and plastic ties are needed for handbags and purses nowadays.
     
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    Thank god they didn't have this before, because the times when I have my backpack going through security, I've done the Pac-Safe with a beefy lock on it, then garbaged bagged and then duct taped, and then an added handle for ease.
    Jay
     
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    Just bring an empty suitcase when one of those dye-marker bombs the banks use. Put a little warning sticker on; "warning: opening bag may result in damage to clothing or other personal effects" and have some fun. :)
     
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    iirc (from a npr story) the airline must notify you. Or, in some way, flag the suitcase so that you know it was searched.
     
  14. Shayne Lebrun

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    Explosive? Hell, compressed air.

    In any event, I draw your attention to the famous line.."*waves* Hi, Jack! *gets dragged away by security guards*
     
  15. Ross Williams

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    This is exactly why I always travel light and never check my baggage. Plus the added bonus of not having to worry about "lost" luggage. Also there's the benifit of not spending an extra 30 min to an hour waiting for it to come off the plane.
     
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    I will always lock my luggage. It's a win-win situation: worst case scenario, I know someone searched my luggage, best case, they won't search it because it's too much trouble.
    On a related note:
    Bill Of Rights Pared Down
    To A Manageable Six
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  18. MikeAlletto

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    My mom actually got on the phone and called Delta to ask them about this whole lock/don't lock thing. They said:

    ...dont pack chocolate, cheese and dont pile books on top of one another, however, if you just pack your clothes, you will be fine--go ahead and lock up. This is a government thing--not an airline thing.

    Then they went on to say they are not responsible if something is stolen or broken...since when are airlines not responsible for the luggage that is transported on their airplanes?

    Luckily the Austin airport and Chicago Ohare are not in the list of airports that are compling with searching checked bags yet.
     
  19. Ted Lee

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    oh yeah....don't wrap any presents either. you'll be mighty irriated if they make you unwrap it.

    if you include batteries, put them inside the device. if something rattles they've stated that they'll have to open it up.
     
  20. Walt N

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    Having been an airline employee for many years who's seen a lot of baggage shenanigans, I've come to the conclusion that one is better off using tape, zip ties, or other such tamper evident devices on your luggage than you are to lock them.

    Baggage handlers who steal carry keys for every type of bag lock, so locking your bag is no obstacle for them whatsoever. On the other hand, if your bag is wrapped in tape or the latches are zip tied, you'll know right away if it's been opened and will make an immediate report before leaving the airport (unless the TSA leaves their new "calling card"). Unscrupulous baggage handlers know that and will tend to leave them alone.
     

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