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Security - locked luggage at Fort Lauderdale

Discussion in 'Celebrity Cruises' started by J.E., Sep 19, 2003.

  1. J.E.

    J.E. Guest

    The security inspectors at the local airport will break the lock on the luggage if they decide to open the luggage for inspections. We are told to secure the luggage with plastic quick ties (those with an eye on one end that you pull the other end through, then can not be pulled out.). If they need to open the luggage, they will cut the quick ties, do the inspection, and install new quick ties. Do the security at Port Everglades, or other cruise terminals have this same policy? We will be sailing from Port Everglades in October, and do not want the luggage locks broken. Thanks.
  2. lysolqn

    lysolqn Guest

    Port security involves x-raying baggage, not opening it as the airlines often do.
  3. JanGail

    JanGail Guest

    I believe that in accordance with Homeland Security regulations, luggage will
    be opened even in the cruise terminals IF there is a suspected illegal item or
    substance. Cruise terminals will rely on x-rays and dogs to do the job and if
    those measures get a "hit" then the luggage will be opened by force if necessary.
    This will take place at embarkation and disembarkation.
    Use cable ties- that is what those plastic items are called- for your luggage and
    bring plenty of extra ones with you. You can find these cable ties at the hardware
    and automotive sections of K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot and Lowe's.
    Buy them in bulk- they are pretty cheap to purchase, and a handful of them in
    your handcarried bags do not take a lot of space.

  4. ljeanbrown

    ljeanbrown Guest

    As for your? about security putting new cable ties on if they remove yours for inspection, NO they do not. You can go inside the terminal and watch your bags go through xray and if they do have to search them you can put new ties on yourself if you are concerned about them being left unlocked.

    Laurie :wave
  5. pmatch

    pmatch Guest

    The last time I flew the ties were apprehended. I had them in my carryon. I was told they could be used for forcible confinement.
  6. tokathy

    tokathy Guest

    You need to get the very small little ties that are used to secure wires or cable....(try radio shack or any of the other stores recommended above).....get ones only a few inches long....we always use them and bring 2 or 3 extra for the trip home and have never had a problem..........
  7. JanGail

    JanGail Guest

    I should have clarified that about the size of those cable ties. The ties do come in
    different sizes so use only the ones that are too small for "forcible confinement."
    I had no problem packing manicure size scissors in my CHECKED luggage that
    goes in the cargohold and out of reach of "potential suspects." Once on board
    ship or in hotel, then I can cut the ties. The ties that I buy are color-coded, with
    white being the largest size and black being the smallest- other sizes in between
    were in green, red and yellow colors. The white ones definitely could be large
    enough for "forced confinement." Never really thought about it- but now that I
    recall on the news and cop shows that those are more common than the metal
    handcuffs. How times change!

  8. JanGail

    JanGail Guest

    Before you ask, I put the scissors inside an outside zipper pocket of my checked luggage so I can get to them to cut the ties!! Never had a problem with that- as long
    as it goes into the cargohold it appears to be ok to do.

  9. toban

    toban Guest

    Airport security threatened to confiscate our little plastic ties! When we objected, they said we could use them to restrain people........ well, maybe their thumbs.
  10. Rather than compain about security will allow, how about a few words on what is acceptable. This will certainly help us on future trips and maybe we willl not contribute to long ligns at check -in,
    Is booze allowed in your carryon luggage? If you have some, what do they do???
    Did you have a good cruise? Tell us about it.
    Sorry for being abrupt! I have spent many years traveling and hiccups in the travel plan are part of the vacaton. My advise, make a plan, get to town a day ahead of time, and go from there! It will work.
  11. toban

    toban Guest

    Sounds like a good plan!! Is it time for another vacation?
  12. Nanatravel

    Nanatravel Guest

    Last cruise into FLL in April, we used Cable Ties and had two zipper pulls cut off of our brand new pieces of luggage by TSA. There was no reason to cut off the pulls as the ties were just 1/4 small ones. One piece was damaged at FLL airport and one at our local regional airport. Only once did we receive a stamp that said the luggage was checked by them, also. I too had more ties in a zipper compartment, but they never even bothered to secure the luggage. Actually, they left the zippers partly open. I truly believe in their right to aid our security, but common sence & decency would be to secure the piece after entry.
  13. J.E.

    J.E. Guest

    Toban, were the ties in your checked luggage, or were they in your carry on?
  14. samij427

    samij427 Guest

    My husben works for transportantion security and yes they will brake the locks. It is for your own safety. There are signs that say do not lock your bags, they will do it for you when they are done.
  15. ljeanbrown

    ljeanbrown Guest

    They (TSA) do not lock your luggage when they are done! If you stand right by them as they check your luggage you can lock your own. The signs say do not lock your luggage and if they want to open them they will. Yes they can be nice and cut the cable ties but they don't have to, they usually do as most people have posted.

    Laurie :wave

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