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Old 09-28-07, 12:17 AM   #1
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Travelling with locked luggage from USA

A friend and his wife who go back and forth from the USA to Thailand told me that when he leaves the US, he locks their luggage (backpacks) using the pacsafe bag protector. When he checks their luggage in, he tells the airline agent that if TSA requires the luggage to be opened for further inspection, to contact him so that he can unlock them.
Is what he says correct or has he been lucky enough not to have TSA people clip his pacsafe lock.
Unlike him, I take my Swift folding bike that is packed in a samsonite suitcase as well as another large suitcase for all my other stuff. The last trip (my 1st time taking my bike) I left both suitcases unlocked which made me rather uncomfortable.

Because I am going from AZ to NY 1st, before I head to Thailand from NY, I need to keep each of my checked in luggage down to 50lbs each. In order to keep the weigh down for my checked in luggage I would like to take my weighty tools which are all under 6 inches as well as my kryptonite Ulock and 7 ft. 10mm cable with master lock in my carry-on.
Except for the short tools, the locks I mentioned aren't listed on the TSA website so I don't know if they are permitted in my carry-on?

Anyone traveling with bikes have similar experiences?

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Old 09-28-07, 01:40 AM   #2
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You wouldn't get ANY remotely sharp tools onto a plane in the UK. You can't even carry liquids above a certain volume into the cabin. Nail files, tiny scissors, screwdrivers are a complete no no here in the cabin baggage, as well as a quite severe size limit on the bag - oh yes, it's one bag too.

I think the paranoia about cabin baggage is largely there to stoke up fear of terrorism just so we keep quiet about our civil liberties being eroded.
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Old 09-28-07, 07:23 AM   #3
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You wouldn't get ANY remotely sharp tools onto a plane in the UK. You can't even carry liquids above a certain volume into the cabin. Nail files, tiny scissors, screwdrivers are a complete no no here in the cabin baggage, as well as a quite severe size limit on the bag - oh yes, it's one bag too.
I think the paranoia about cabin baggage is largely there to stoke up fear of terrorism just so we keep quiet about our civil liberties being eroded.
I kinda agree with that. How sad.
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Is what he says correct or has he been lucky enough not to have TSA people clip his pacsafe lock.
I've heard mixed results. Personally I wouldn't bother to lock the suitcase. What, are you worried someone's going to take your saddle?


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Because I am going from AZ to NY 1st, before I head to Thailand from NY, I need to keep each of my checked in luggage down to 50lbs each. In order to keep the weigh down for my checked in luggage I would like to take my weighty tools which are all under 6 inches as well as my kryptonite Ulock and 7 ft. 10mm cable with master lock in my carry-on.
Erm, what on earth are you carrying?

Basic cable lock, multi-tool, pedal wrench. Maybe a spoke key and some spare spokes. I have no idea what else you'd need. After all, there is zero need for any sort of camping gear, so all you need is a couple of days of cycling gear and 1-2 sets of civvies. I'd be stunned if you genuinely needed more than 30 lbs of gear -- *including* your panniers.

I seriously doubt you can carry things like wrenches or locks onto a plane, even if they aren't officially banned.
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Old 09-28-07, 09:30 AM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback.

The reason for the additional weight is because I am going for an unknown amount of time from 7 months to ? years so I am taking anything I might need instead on storing and having to buy it overseas. The bike is a steel frame Swift folding bike weighing about 28lbs, adding the weight of the samsonite suitcase and you get over 42lbs.
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FYI, the airline agents have nothing to do with TSA. If TSA decides it wants to get into your luggage, it will. They'll leave you a "nice note" saying they were there, but they'll ruin your locks in the process.



(Not speaking from personal experience, but I travel regularly...)
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Theft throughout the airline industry is rampant. Once they set your bags on the belt, all bets are off.

Now that the TSA has been given carte blanche to go through any bag, you should at least use the TSA locks. This at least keeps the baggage handlers and ramp rats from rummaging through your contents. There have been several sting operations where airline employees have been caught going through luggage and helping themselves, and this also includes TSA workers. These folks aren't paid all that well and the contractors don't seem to have the highest standards in regards to employee qualifications.

I never check camera or computer equipment, and keep a close eye on it through every stage of the carry-on check in process. I also like to keep an eye on activity related to the overhead bin where my stuff is. My camera gear is always at my seat.

Would you want to arrive at your destination minus your saddle and seatpost? I know I wouldn't.
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I recently underestimated this possibility and had a nice pair of Sunglasses stolen from an unlocked, checked in bag.
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There are TSA approved locks which have a master key so the TSA can open them if need be.

If they want in a bag with a standard lock they aren't going to waste time contacting you, they'll just clip the lock.
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