Do you lock your luggage?

For cruisers who travel by air, do you lock your luggage or leave it unlocked when flying? I've heard pros and cons for both.

23 Answers

We use zip ties for our luggage. It's easy for the agents to cut them off if they want to check our luggage, and easy for us to see if they have been searched even before we see the note on the inside to indicate the bag has been searched.

What a great idea, never would have thought about using zip ties.

I use locks, One of my friends had a TSA approved lock cut off of her bag one time.Angry

I use the built-in TSA lock on the luggage - TSA puts a piece of paper inside the luggage if it has been opened/searched and usually tag it on the outside that it has been inspected.

We don't lock ours. Anything of value is in our carryons (backpack/tote).

It works great to zip tie them, but be sure to have nail clippers in a carry on bag to cut the ties off when you get on the ship.

Great suggestion! Zip ties make sense - easily opened for TSA inspections - a modicum of extra security to keep borderline baggage handlers honest - and not outré enough to serve as much of a red flag.

Zip ties and shrink wrap. The shrink wrap that comes on the handle. I also put a started one in my bag for the trip home.

My unfortunate experience has been that if they have a reason to want to open your luggage, they will do so regardless of how it is locked / protected ...

I have absolutely no problem with Officials looking through our luggage, and they always leave a note inside saying they have, but the zip ties certainly deter anyone else from doing so.


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