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And You Thought Your Missing Backpack Luggage Was a Headache

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t2andreo

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This goes on at many large airports. The fancier your luggage is, the more it attracts attention by the wrong sort of people.

Also, many people no longer lock their luggage to make it easier for airline security to do a search. I think this is a mistake. It virtually invites theft.

My checked bag always has a brightly colored, nylon zip tie through the zipper pulls, even if the bag has a TSA-compliant lock built in.

I get these neon-colored ties in the electrical aisle of my DIY store. Each trip, I change the color and keep a small supply in my carry-on.

The benefit is to secure the checked bag from being opened easily, and to provide a clear signal to me when I next see the bag at baggage claim, that someone has been in my bag.

This can be very important if you are flying into a country with the death penalty for drug smuggling. If you can tell that your bag was tampered with, you can NOT TOUCH IT, and summon officials. Let them handle and open the bag.

It works for me.
 
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Raggy

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I'm stunned that that much cash was put into checked bags!
From my reading of the "Daily Hate" article, I get the impression that the bags of cash were not conventionally "checked" in the way that you or I check our luggage. It seems that the employee was tasked with transferring the bags to the hold of a plane from an armored car.

He was caught on camera taking one of the eight bags from an armored car and loading it onto a container instead of on the flight, according to court documents.
 
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OzAnnie

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I'm stunned that that much cash was put into checked bags!
The news item says it was one of 8 bags from an armoured car being loaded / handler purposely manoeuvred one bag onto a trolley instead .
I’d gather it was not personal luggage being checked
 

trecile

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The news item says it was one of 8 bags from an armoured car being loaded / handler purposely manoeuvred one bag onto a trolley instead .
I’d gather it was not personal luggage being checked
But shouldn't there have been guards there to make sure that it was loaded properly??
 
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I double look my baggage and use locks that are not TSA approved (but then I do not travel to the US). Anyone wanting to open my bag will need a set of very heavy duty wire cutters. Getting back to the TSA - I have severe doubts about them also - just as dodgy as the baggage handlers.
 

Delphinoula

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Foil wrapping may do the trick. But best not to travel with anything that you absolutely would miss. There was a segment on 50 minutes about what happens to you luggage after you checked them in. So instead of using your Samsonites we used our old green duffle bags. Never been bothered always first on the way converter belt of course they were filled with dollar notes😜
 

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