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Re: Advice on the "laptop ban" for photographers

Well, it's clear who's winning this war and who is running around chasing their a**e

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Re: Advice on the "laptop ban" for photographers

One tip I got on holiday, from a very well travelled Met. copper and his partner;

Rather than securing your bag with a padlock, particularly if going via the USA, is to use a cable tie(s).
This prevents the casual baggage thief, but allows security to snip it off if required, without destroying anything.

You could even add a couple more ties just loosely clipped on, or inside the case, on top of your belongings, with a note to "please re-seal if opened".
To open at your destination, small nail clippers in a ladies handbag are generally ignored at security.

Don't forget, that all you need to open a zipped case is a pen or similar pointed object.
This is particularly true with plastic, continuous wire, self-healing zips.

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Re: Advice on the "laptop ban" for photographers

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One tip I got on holiday, from a very well travelled Met. copper and his partner;

Rather than securing your bag with a padlock, particularly if going via the USA, is to use a cable tie(s).
This prevents the casual baggage thief, but allows security to snip it off if required, without destroying anything.

You could even add a couple more ties just loosely clipped on, or inside the case, on top of your belongings, with a note to "please re-seal if opened".
To open at your destination, small nail clippers in a ladies handbag are generally ignored at security.

Don't forget, that all you need to open a zipped case is a pen or similar pointed object.
This is particularly true with plastic, continuous wire, self-healing zips.

Open lock bag Trick-open a locked zippered luggage bag - YouTube
I've been doing this for many years, I leave a few ties inside bags as you say.

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Re: Advice on the "laptop ban" for photographers

Our cases came with TSA compliant locks and I have another TSA padlock. So security can open them if needed but they are tamper proof. It's not perfect but it's better then nothing.
Security opened and checked one of our cases on our last USA trip - it arrived locked on the carousel with a note inside saying it had been examined.

There are so many points where checked luggage can go missing. I worry about my stuff on the xray belt if I'm obliged to stand to one side and be frisked.
When you look at baggage reclaim the ease with which someone could take 2 bags is pretty obvious.

Insurance and keeping your memory cards on your person are about as good as you can get.
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Re: Advice on the "laptop ban" for photographers

International travel involving aeroplanes has become a real PITA. I often think is it worth it.
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Re: Advice on the "laptop ban" for photographers

A friend of mine who's been a regular international traveller on business for decades has advised me that most baggage-handler thefts take place at the departure airport. The bags are lying around for the maximum length of time - after landing there's always a rush on to get them out on the carousel, so this risk is a lot lower.

The risk is also lower in 'western' airports in wealthy countries, but much higher in the developing world.

So, he reckons that baggage wrapping is largely a waste of time, say, from Heathrow to OT Tambo in Jo'burg, but essential in the other direction.

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TSA keys can be bought on eBay, so there is no security with those locks.

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