Luggage: Lock it or Not?

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by mello, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. mello

    mello DIS Veteran

    May 26, 2005
    We haven't flown for several years. It used to be that locking your luggage was recommended, but lately I've been hearing that you shouldn't lock it since they search it all now? Those of you who've flown recently, please tell me whatcha all know about it :confused3
  2. melomouse

    melomouse DIS Veteran

    Jul 6, 2001
    .. Airlines have the right to break locks and inspect your luggage at any time since 9/11. I am a single mom who flies with 2 kids and they have opened and inspected suitaces once enroute home from Fla and twice from Houston last year. They reseal with a plastic tag and leave a note that basically tells you they have the right to do it in the interest of national security.
    We hand carry video game consoles and laptops and anything else of value.
    But - I fly SWA all the time - best routes and fares for me - it may be different for others in other parts of the country..
    Enjoy - no locks and don't worry!!!
  3. safetymom

    safetymom Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2001
    No locks. If you need to hold your zippers together you can use twist ties or cable ties. Pack a pair of fingernail clippers if you use the cable ties.
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  5. ducklite

    ducklite <font color=teal>Take the Poly, it's fabulous!<br>

    Aug 17, 2000
    We use cable ties, they work great. We do bring locks to lock the luggage for when we are checking it with hotels and such though.

  6. Tara

    Tara Bad Influence

    Aug 18, 1999
    It depends on your comfort level. You can now buy locks that are TSA-approved. This means that you can lock your luggage but TSA can unlock it to inspect it and then will re-lock it. These locks are widely available -- you can find them at any luggage store or in the travel section of stores like Target or Wal-Mart.
  7. TripletDad

    TripletDad Mouseketeer

    Oct 3, 2002
    There are now available TSA approved locks for luggage. Thes locks can be opened by TSA with a special key. I have seen them at most stores that sell luggage. They say right on the package that they are TSA approved.

  8. onyx8

    onyx8 Mouseketeer

    Oct 8, 2003
    We used the TSA approved locks on our recent trip to Hawaii. One of our bags was opened and inspected, they zipped it up and re-locked it using our lock. No problems, no hassles. We bought the locks at Target for about $7 each.
  9. fac

    fac DIS Veteran

    Jun 6, 2004
    We did not lock the luggages after 9/11, however, we used the cable ties during our recent WDW trip.
  10. kmebee

    kmebee DIS Veteran

    Jul 19, 2005
    Have a friend that works at the airport and he says even though they are allowed (and will) search your luggage, it is still a good idea to use the TSA approved locks. And obviously, don't check anything that is valuable.
    You can get the locks at your local AAA office or at their online store for about $7 each.
  11. safetymom

    safetymom Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2001
    No lock is going to stop a thief. Don't put anything valuable in your suitcase that you can't afford to lose.
  12. goosedwn

    goosedwn Mouseketeer

    May 2, 2004
    SafetyMom was absolutely right. We lost our camera bag on our August trip. We had our underwater digital camera, battery charger, extra battery, few extra memory sticks, blank tape for our camcorder. We normally put those in zip lock bags but this time, we decide to put them in our extra camera bag and they took the whole thing. I guess we made it easy for them to steal.
  13. don8life

    don8life Please don't take your organs to heaven. Heaven kn

    Oct 9, 2003
    Don't lock it. They check every bag. Take anything of value in your carry on.
  14. dawnsb

    dawnsb Mouseketeer

    Sep 12, 2003
    I never pack anything in checked luggage that I am worried about losing. That said, I still use cable ties to 'lock' the bag.

    Last year on our trip to Utah our ties were in place. Coming home, flying on 9/11, one bag had been opened, but the TSA closed it with one of their cable ties and left a letter inside the bag. We pretty much just tossed stuff into the bag that was opened, so the contents of it were probably questionable when viewed in the scanner; the bag had some hiking boots, umbrellas and some other random items. Nothing was missing, and it didn't look like they messed up our "packing" job either!

  15. bavaria

    bavaria <font color=deeppink>Makes the best of both worlds

    Jan 3, 2001
    I don't use cable ties since I don't have anything to clip the ties.

    I use........... wait for it.......... the twist ties off bread bags.


    Works great, no need for clippers. I use them every two weeks, replace them every two trips or so...........
  16. jackskellingtonsgirl

    jackskellingtonsgirl <marquee><font color=deeppink>Jello Shot Chick</ma

    Nov 14, 2004
    You can buy disposable luggage locks at Target. It is just a flat plastic tag that clips on the zipper. If TSA is interested they can just twist it off, otherwise you twist it off yourself at the hotel. The disposables are about $3 for a pack of 12.

    We use the regular key locks on all of our bags in the hotel room because I figure someone would have to be REALLY motivated to dig in a locked bag.

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