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Old January 3rd, 2008, 05:45 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
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My wife put a TSA approved luggage lock on her suitcase and it got caught on
something and ripped off the zippers. The airlines take no responsibility
for such damage and the cost of repair is worth more than the bag,
therefore, new bag. There was nothing in the bag that valuable to start
with. Think twice about putting a lock on your bag.


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Old January 3rd, 2008, 06:02 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
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On Jan 3, 11:45 am, "singlemalt" wrote:
My wife put a TSA approved luggage lock on her suitcase and it got caught on
something and ripped off the zippers. The airlines take no responsibility
for such damage and the cost of repair is worth more than the bag,
therefore, new bag. There was nothing in the bag that valuable to start
with. Think twice about putting a lock on your bag.


could be a baggage handler thought there was something in there worth
locking, and ripped the thing off....

I cant imagine what would have gotten caught and ripped it off
otherwise...


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Old January 3rd, 2008, 07:04 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
Craig
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wrote...

On Jan 3, 11:45 am, "singlemalt" wrote:


My wife put a TSA approved luggage lock on her suitcase and it got caught
on
something and ripped off the zippers. The airlines take no responsibility
for such damage and the cost of repair is worth more than the bag,
therefore, new bag. There was nothing in the bag that valuable to start
with. Think twice about putting a lock on your bag.


could be a baggage handler thought there was something in there worth
locking, and ripped the thing off....

I cant imagine what would have gotten caught and ripped it off
otherwise...


You've probably never traveled through Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport then,
where recently a piece of luggage jammed on a conveyor belt so long that the
friction heated the luggage until it started smoking. The smoke finally
alerted folks that something was wrong, but at that point, the concern was
that the bag was the cause of the smoke so the airport was shut down as a
flammable materials/bomb precaution until they realized the bag contained
nothing dangerous and that it was a airport conveyor belt issue.

Ah, to travel by air these days...

Craig in AZ


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Old January 3rd, 2008, 07:44 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
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On Jan 3, 1:04 pm, "Craig" wrote:
wrote...
On Jan 3, 11:45 am, "singlemalt" wrote:
My wife put a TSA approved luggage lock on her suitcase and it got caught
on
something and ripped off the zippers. The airlines take no responsibility
for such damage and the cost of repair is worth more than the bag,
therefore, new bag. There was nothing in the bag that valuable to start
with. Think twice about putting a lock on your bag.


could be a baggage handler thought there was something in there worth
locking, and ripped the thing off....


I cant imagine what would have gotten caught and ripped it off
otherwise...


You've probably never traveled through Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport then,
where recently a piece of luggage jammed on a conveyor belt so long that the
friction heated the luggage until it started smoking. The smoke finally
alerted folks that something was wrong, but at that point, the concern was
that the bag was the cause of the smoke so the airport was shut down as a
flammable materials/bomb precaution until they realized the bag contained
nothing dangerous and that it was a airport conveyor belt issue.

Ah, to travel by air these days...

Craig in AZ


yes, but did the bag rip? Probably not......

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Old January 3rd, 2008, 08:16 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
Ken Blake
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On Thu, 3 Jan 2008 10:45:27 -0600, "singlemalt"
wrote:

My wife put a TSA approved luggage lock on her suitcase and it got caught on
something and ripped off the zippers. The airlines take no responsibility
for such damage and the cost of repair is worth more than the bag,
therefore, new bag. There was nothing in the bag that valuable to start
with. Think twice about putting a lock on your bag.



I agree entirely. Beside the point you make, luggage locks are
useless. They are toys. Any thief who has access to your bag can get
through one of those tiny locks with ease in a couple of seconds.

And if you use a bigger lock and make it harder for the thief, he'll
just cut the bag open, doing even more damage.

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Old January 3rd, 2008, 09:26 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
Mimi
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"Ken Blake" wrote in message
news
On Thu, 3 Jan 2008 10:45:27 -0600, "singlemalt"
wrote:

My wife put a TSA approved luggage lock on her suitcase and it got caught
on
something and ripped off the zippers. The airlines take no responsibility
for such damage and the cost of repair is worth more than the bag,
therefore, new bag. There was nothing in the bag that valuable to start
with. Think twice about putting a lock on your bag.



I agree entirely. Beside the point you make, luggage locks are
useless. They are toys. Any thief who has access to your bag can get
through one of those tiny locks with ease in a couple of seconds.


Yeah, but most likely they'll save those two seconds by picking a bag that
has no lock.

Marianne


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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:03 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
LVTravel[_2_]
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"Ken Blake" wrote in message
news
On Thu, 3 Jan 2008 10:45:27 -0600, "singlemalt"
wrote:

My wife put a TSA approved luggage lock on her suitcase and it got caught
on
something and ripped off the zippers. The airlines take no responsibility
for such damage and the cost of repair is worth more than the bag,
therefore, new bag. There was nothing in the bag that valuable to start
with. Think twice about putting a lock on your bag.



I agree entirely. Beside the point you make, luggage locks are
useless. They are toys. Any thief who has access to your bag can get
through one of those tiny locks with ease in a couple of seconds.

And if you use a bigger lock and make it harder for the thief, he'll
just cut the bag open, doing even more damage.

--
Ken Blake
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I don't use the luggage locks to keep the thieves out but to keep the
clothes in. Any lock is only a temporary deterrent to keep an honest person
honest. I have seen many pieces of luggage with the zippers down and
clothes viewable to God and country because the zippers unzipped in transit.
I have also seen hardsided luggage wide open since the latches weren't
locked (pre 9-11.).

My last trip back (last week from FLL to BWI) I had checked 3 bags for two
people. One was a backpack type bag. It had a lock on it but apparently
TSA or a thief with a TSA key wanted to look inside. Only one thing was not
inside the bag when I got it back and that was a small Christmas stocking
that was given to all guests aboard the Emerald Princess on Christmas
morning. All the candy was there but the stocking wasn't. They also opened
all the shampoo and lotion that was inside the ziplock bags in the luggage
and threw away the ziplock bags. Since I packed and locked the bag I know
what was there, nothing of real value but...




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Old January 4th, 2008, 12:22 AM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
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On Thu, 3 Jan 2008 17:03:15 -0500, LVTravel wrote:

I don't use the luggage locks to keep the thieves out but to keep the
clothes in. Any lock is only a temporary deterrent to keep an honest person
honest. I have seen many pieces of luggage with the zippers down and
clothes viewable to God and country because the zippers unzipped in transit.
I have also seen hardsided luggage wide open since the latches weren't
locked (pre 9-11.).


Any lock you put on a bag checked at the airport may be snipped by the TSA and
no lock will protect any bag not made of iron and as heavy as a safe.

I just use cable ties so that I can know if somebody has been rummaging around
in my bag and if I need to check for theft by baggage handlers, the TSA, etc.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 02:05 AM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
AZ Nomad
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On Fri, 04 Jan 2008 00:19:19 GMT, MI wrote:



On 1/3/08 3:22 PM, in article
, "AZ Nomad"
wrote:


On Thu, 3 Jan 2008 17:03:15 -0500, LVTravel wrote:

I don't use the luggage locks to keep the thieves out but to keep the
clothes in. Any lock is only a temporary deterrent to keep an honest person
honest. I have seen many pieces of luggage with the zippers down and
clothes viewable to God and country because the zippers unzipped in transit.
I have also seen hardsided luggage wide open since the latches weren't
locked (pre 9-11.).


Any lock you put on a bag checked at the airport may be snipped by the TSA and
no lock will protect any bag not made of iron and as heavy as a safe.

I just use cable ties so that I can know if somebody has been rummaging around
in my bag and if I need to check for theft by baggage handlers, the TSA, etc.


My TSA approved locks show green when you lock them. If someone opens them
with the approved key it shows red. I use them to keep them from
accidentally opening.


Somehow, I don't trust the TSA not to have a way of opening the locks without
an indication.

Cable ties only cost pennies. The worst part was the logistics of packing a tool
that could cut them. Nowadays, nail clippers are no longer forbidden items.
 




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