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11. Posted by chalkers (Full Member 51 posts) 11y

Hey Guys,

Cheers for all the help....the other night i was watching a TV program (The Great Outdoors) and they had a segment on this exact topic....they recommended using a lock called the SearchAlert lock;

"SearchAlert lock
This lock has been big news, since you can use it to lock your luggage anywhere, even when you're travelling to or from the USA! It works just like a normal combination lock, but the difference is that it can be opened by a special tool kept only by airport agents who might choose to inspect or search your bag. That's why it's been approved for use by US authorities.

Because the lock is opened by security, instead of being broken or damaged, it can be locked up again at the end of the search, which means your luggage will be just as secure after the search as beforehand, protecting it in luggage handling areas, as well as baggage claim. You can tell if your bag has been searched, because there is a little window on the lock which changes from green to red if it has been opened by the special security tool.

SearchAlert locks retail for around $22, at many luggage stores."

Has anyone got one of these??

I think this is what i will get and hopefully customs people will have the courtesy to use their 'skeleton' key to open my bag if they need rather than ruining it...

Cheers,
Chalkers

12. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting chalkers

Hey Guys,

Cheers for all the help....the other night i was watching a TV program (The Great Outdoors) and they had a segment on this exact topic....they recommended using a lock called the SearchAlert lock;

"SearchAlert lock
This lock has been big news, since you can use it to lock your luggage anywhere, even when you're travelling to or from the USA! It works just like a normal combination lock, but the difference is that it can be opened by a special tool kept only by airport agents who might choose to inspect or search your bag. That's why it's been approved for use by US authorities.

Because the lock is opened by security, instead of being broken or damaged, it can be locked up again at the end of the search, which means your luggage will be just as secure after the search as beforehand, protecting it in luggage handling areas, as well as baggage claim. You can tell if your bag has been searched, because there is a little window on the lock which changes from green to red if it has been opened by the special security tool.

SearchAlert locks retail for around $22, at many luggage stores."

Has anyone got one of these??

I think this is what i will get and hopefully customs people will have the courtesy to use their 'skeleton' key to open my bag if they need rather than ruining it...

Cheers,
Chalkers

I'd get that lock if I could. You're lucky it's an option for you, my suitcase has a combo lock and has no place to put an additional lock.

Lots of Info. on the site below about flying the US:

http://www.tsa.gov/public/

13. Posted by mustick (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

I'd get that lock if I could. You're lucky it's an option for you, my suitcase has a combo lock and has no place to put an additional lock.

Lots of Info. on the site below about flying the US:

http://www.tsa.gov/public/

Actually, you can still lock it using a TSA approved lock... using this
http://www.gogogear.com.au/shopexd.asp?id=688

14. Posted by erasmus (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

I just got back 2 weeks a go from the states and fortunatelly as usual I did not lock the luggage, the randomly open some luggage discretionally in fact i have found in my luggage a note telling me trhat my luggage was selected among the one to open in fact was open and fortunatelly they did not break it.

I would in addition strongly remind when you are leaving the country also to check out at the custom machine,.. as everyone knows as soon you arrive to the states at the custom the take your finger print and eye print remind to do the samething at the gate when you are leaving the country they might give you trouble if in the future you are planning to go back to the states.

In addition to that now controls are incredible the only other time that I had such body check has been when I went to Israel basically now they ask you to pass through a machine and they see your body completelly nacked to check if you are carrying something and they open your hand luggage to inspect what do you have in taking everyhing out and then in

15. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

erasmus, the U.S. doesn't use the machines you speak of.
They have talked about it, and looked into the other countries that use it... but the ACLU usually doesn't lose these sorts of cases...
http://news.com.com/Photo+Scanner+searches+through+clothing/2009-7348_3-5718274.html

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