Via Bruce Schneier, how anyone can get into your locked luggage without your knowing: a pretty cool video demonstration after an annoying ad you have to watch at the beginning.

This doesn’t surprise me in the least. I’ve never understood locking luggage, or at least believing that its contents are safe once you do. Being separated from valuables introduces vulnerabilities, entirely apart from airlines losing those valuables and the bag itself being shredded or otherwise breached through less than careful handling. Either don’t bring valuables or don’t trust airlines to transport them as checked baggage.

  1. B said,

    Any bags that have zippers that prevent this?

  2. Steven said,

    I’ve never locked a bag to truly keep people out. However, I have used a lock before on a full bag that had a zipper that came unzipped a little too easily. The lock was there more to prevent accidental unzipping in transit, which had happened before with that bag, than to keep people out of it.

    I’d never put anything valuable in a checked bag.

  3. Matthew said,

    I saw this on LH earlier in the year
    http://lifehacker.com/5747199/open-a-locked-suitcase-without-leaving-a-trace

  4. Mike said,

    i never use the tsa locks either as i realize they are useless and tsa ee most likely will spit on my undies in retrobution for having to take the 2 seconds to open it.

  5. James said,

    Good to know. I wont be locking my passport in my checked bag at hotels any more.

  6. Doug said,

    Simple rule: never check anything in your luggage that you would be upset to lose. Clearly, anything with any value would fit here.

  7. Jeff said,

    @Doug – Exactly.

  8. Terry said,

    Check out Delsey’s securitech. It’s a double zip that prevents this. I actually found out about this technique through a demo they do at the store to prove that regular zips are not safe compared to this one…

  9. ArizonaGuy said,

    Can’t use them to check a bag but for any other place where a bag is stored / left unattended, PacSafe products work perfectly.

  10. tivoboy said,

    Maybe those South American luggage wrappers could start up here in the domestic terminals?

  11. John said,

    There is no-ad version on youtube

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