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First timer
06-14-2006, 11:44 AM
This is not really a Disney question but more a travel question. Has anyone locked their luggage with a TSA approved lock? I have not been on a plane since 2000. Always locked my suitcases but now with the new rules you have to use the approved locks but I have received conflicting info about the locks being cut and lost or not returned. I have also heard that the ones that have a lock on them are most definitely searched. Not that I have anything to hide but I hate the thought of people rifling through my things.

Anyone use the locks?

First timer
06-14-2006, 04:17 PM
:rolleyes1 Anybody?

englishteacha
06-14-2006, 04:48 PM
I have that same question! I have only flown once since 2001, and we locked our luggage with the generic locks that came on the suitcases. I don't have anything to hide, either, but I feel more comfortable locking my luggage. It also reduces the risk of the suitcase coming open in transit.

So, you more experienced flyers: Do we need to buy the "special" TSA approved locks or can we use ours??

Thanks!

Hoosier Mom
06-14-2006, 05:28 PM
I'm using the TSA locks. The ones I got are a bit dinky though. They'll probably get knocked off in transit.

My brother-n-law works fueling jets, de-icing, luggage handling, etc. He said he sweeps up thousands of little locks, luggage tags, and zipper pulls off luggage all the time. I'm missing a couple luggage pulls myself. I'm more inclined to believe if the locks are missing, they probably just are flimsy locks and got damaged while loading/unloading.

The only time my luggage was searched, I had a formal letter in my suitcase explaining that it was searched. I'm thinking it got searched because nearly all cosmetics, lotions, etc contain glycerin and I dumped them all in the same suitcase to come home. Who knows. My Mom got paged in the airport once. The authorities explained to her that she either packed items with glycerin or had glycerin lotion on her hands while packing. The equipment that screens luggage flagged hers and she had locked it so the airport personnel had her unlock her suitcases. That was nice. I guess they could have just cut the locks off.

Anybody else travelled with the TSA locks?

tmt martins
06-14-2006, 05:34 PM
Sometimes the TSA agents don't have a key handy and will just cut your lock off.

What we do is use the small Zipties on all the zippers but 1 small pocket.

This way you know if someone was in your bag and it does deter the routers from just sliding a hand in .

Tsa will (most of the time ) replace cut Zipties with a letter inside as well.

Locks zips or anything else won't stop a theif if they want in they will just cut the zipper then tape it saying it ripped .

But with the ZIps at least you know they were in it.

Now I leave 1 open pocket for my cuttter But put your extra zips for the return trip in your carryon as if they find them they will just put one back on.

nordkin
06-14-2006, 05:36 PM
We have traveled several times with the TSA locks and have never had any issues at all. We have the set your combination ones and they are not flimsy at all.

Hoosier Mom
06-14-2006, 06:13 PM
Sometimes the TSA agents don't have a key handy and will just cut your lock off.

What we do is use the small Zipties on all the zippers but 1 small pocket.

This way you know if someone was in your bag and it does deter the routers from just sliding a hand in .

Tsa will (most of the time ) replace cut Zipties with a letter inside as well.

Locks zips or anything else won't stop a theif if they want in they will just cut the zipper then tape it saying it ripped .

But with the ZIps at least you know they were in it.

Now I leave 1 open pocket for my cuttter But put your extra zips for the return trip in your carryon as if they find them they will just put one back on.

I like the zip tie idea. I thought about doing that. What did you pack to cut them with?

I saw the combination locks. They look sturdier than what I bought. I opted for the cheaper key lock ones that came in a pack of three.

Kae
06-14-2006, 06:20 PM
We use Ziptie's also. I have never(knock on Wood) had any thing taken from my luggage.

Kae

tmt martins
06-14-2006, 06:29 PM
I like the zip tie idea. I thought about doing that. What did you pack to cut them with?

I saw the combination locks. They look sturdier than what I bought. I opted for the cheaper key lock ones that came in a pack of three.


I back a retractable razor cutter.
It's fine for checked luggage

I fly around 5 times a year 3 or4 time with thousands of dollors in Paintball equipment and never had a problem.

I also now that they are relaxed a bit keep a nail clipper ( no foldout file) in my carry-on it cuts them off as well.

First timer
06-15-2006, 09:18 AM
We have traveled several times with the TSA locks and have never had any issues at all. We have the set your combination ones and they are not flimsy at all.


We purchased the combo ones as well. Will give them a try based on all the postings. Thanks for all the responses. :wave:

tmt martins
06-15-2006, 11:47 AM
The only problem with the TSA locks are that the handlers in the back all have the combos and Keys (thats why TSA can't find theirs) So your giving yourself a false sence of security as Like 90 % of the thefts are baggage handlers .

With the Zips the chance that they are going to have a small colored Zip like mine are slim at best.

Just a Thought.

seashoreCM
06-15-2006, 04:12 PM
Throw away that Samsonite suitcase with the pull out tilt out snap out corner locks.

The TSA is the final nail in the coffin for that kind of suitcase.

Unless locked in place with the key these locks pop open as your suitcase is handled, and things spill all over the conveyor belts, baggage rooms etc. in the airport.

When the suitcase sits on a hotel suitcase rack, you catch your clothes on the snapped out tilted out locks as you walk past. When the suitcse sits on the floor you stub your toe on the snapped out tilted out locks. If you push the locks in with the lid not closed, then you accidentally pick up the suitcase and the lid opens suddenly and spills everything out.

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marconat
06-15-2006, 10:59 PM
I put some locks on my suitcase a few years ago and they cut it off and put a letter inside saying that they had to check it out... my BIL was also with me and had the same thing happen to his suitcase...so now I use the little zippy things also...

Ms. WDW
06-16-2006, 08:36 AM
We purchased the combo ones as well. Will give them a try based on all the postings. Thanks for all the responses. :wave:


Where did you get your locks?

First timer
06-16-2006, 09:02 AM
Mis WDW - I purchased my locks at ebags. Now I am scared to put them on. :scared:

Perhaps I will end up trying the zipties. Where does one find them?

tmt martins
06-16-2006, 12:09 PM
Perhaps I will end up trying the zipties. Where does one find them?

Small ones at any electrical supply store, Radio shack ,Home depot,Sears ,Lowes and some Grocery stores sell them.

Don't worry less them 2% of all bags get tampered with to begin with but if they really want to get in nothings going to stop them.I just want to know that they were in right there on the spot so I can bring it imeditily to the attention of the airline.

pooh2001
06-16-2006, 02:14 PM
I just use plastic bag twistes.
Not very secure - but does just fine for holding the zipper tags together.

I bring all $$'s, cards, tickets with me as carry on. Also in carryons all camera's, film, contacts, glasses, some toiletries (always could get new toothbrushes, paste, shampoo, soap at WDW, so they go into suitcases)

If they wish to inspect my bags, go for it.
Take what is inside ? - do they really wants socks and underware - if they are that desperate- I hope it fits :rotfl:

Twist ties from plastic bags are easy to take off, easy to find, easy to put back on for the trip home.

Just our 2 cents

Hoosier Mom
06-16-2006, 04:09 PM
Where did you get your locks?

I saw both kinds (key ones & combination ones) in the luggage area of Walmart.

shoes99
06-16-2006, 04:31 PM
I bought a package of cable ties in the dollar store. They work fine. I put a blunt tip scissor and extra ties in the small zipper section of my checked luggage.

mommy*RN
06-19-2006, 12:51 AM
Wow! I'm glad I read this post! We will opt for the zipties also. I like what the pp said about possible theifs not being able to find colored zipties...that really makes sense to me.

Am I understanding correctly if my ziptie is missing and there is NO letter explaining that my suitcase has been legally searched that I was probably the victim of a possible theft???

Thanks for this post!

SueM in MN
06-19-2006, 07:22 AM
Wow! I'm glad I read this post! We will opt for the zipties also. I like what the pp said about possible theifs not being able to find colored zipties...that really makes sense to me.

Am I understanding correctly if my ziptie is missing and there is NO letter explaining that my suitcase has been legally searched that I was probably the victim of a possible theft???

Thanks for this post!
Yes, that would be what I would think.

We have used zipties for a long time (way before all the extra seecurity). Even when you could use regular locks, they were there mostly to keep the zippers from unzipping. There were only a few different keys, so any baggage handling thieves could get into almost anyone's bag with little trouble.
Also, I saw a friend's little locks snap right off as her bag went into the X ray machine (in one of the airports where they were out in the open).

You can find the ziplocks in lots of stores; I got my last package at Target in the hardware department.

First timer
07-14-2006, 03:04 PM
I know this is not a current thread - but just wanted to let those interested know that I used the TSA approved padlocks and had absolutely no problems. They were on four large carryons. Not one was damaged, opened or lost. This was flying out of JFK - MCO and on the return as well. :thumbsup2

Cinderumbrella
07-14-2006, 03:08 PM
We just use twist ties to keep the zippers shut.

2 out of 3 times my bag has been searched with the note inside. My guess is the shape of my hair dryer looks suspicious....
Anyway, they have never replaced anything on the zippers and my bag has always been fine (so far ;) )

Ms. WDW
07-14-2006, 05:26 PM
Hey First timer!!! I totally forgot to come over and say "bye". The afternoon was horrible. That's another story...DH has his laptop. Send me a pm and I'll respond.

We're going to use cable ties tomorrow. Dh has a bunch from work in different colors so we'll see. I'm bringing my cane and it's can be made smaller. I have a feeling that maybe I should carry it and not pack it. It could look suspicious also.

D,L and K's Mom
07-16-2006, 09:43 AM
Little chains like the ones on key chains. The little ball ones...i am having trouble explaining. Oh I know they are like the chains on a fan. The pull chain. We use those. Small ones from the hardware store. They keep the zippers together. Of course if someone wanted to steal from the bag they could open it right up. We also use small carabiners to keep the zippers closed. We have never had a problem. DD and DH are treveling to UK in a few days. I am going to get some locks at AAA for them. My concern is if the bags don't make it to them (they have to take a flight from Roc. NY to NY city, then to Glaskow then to Manchester) they will at least be locked if they are left at the airport.

SueM in MN
07-16-2006, 11:58 AM
We just use twist ties to keep the zippers shut.

2 out of 3 times my bag has been searched with the note inside. My guess is the shape of my hair dryer looks suspicious....
Anyway, they have never replaced anything on the zippers and my bag has always been fine (so far ;) )
If they cut off / remove ties to search your bag they are supposed to replace them according to something that was on the TSA website and news stories about 1-2 years ago.