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?