|By John Parsons on Sunday, December 22, 2002 - 11:11 pm:|
I've just seen an initial release of upcoming security requirements here in the U.S.A. One of this is asking (or requiring?) air travelers to leave their checked luggage unlocked so as to ease the job of the security screeners. I find it hard to believe that this is as it appears, especially with all the media coverage over the last two or three years of theft problems from the baggage handlers (one of the hot spots was Miami International, a popular departure point for Bonaire air travel). Has anyone else heard of this? I saw it first on the MSN website and the next day in a local paper.
|By Linda Richter - NetTech on Monday, December 23, 2002 - 11:31 am:|
I read the same thing in the Miami Herald. They also said not to pack cheese and chocolate because it could be mistaken for explosives? They also mentioned the problem with luggage thefts in the southern Florida airports in regards to leaving bags unlocked.
|By Ida Christie on Monday, December 23, 2002 - 11:40 am:|
I heard it on the news that you have to leave your luggage unlocked. To save on delays.
|By Peter Cabus on Monday, December 23, 2002 - 2:15 pm:|
Cheese & chocolate mistaken for explosives. That reminds of the X-mas pudding story a couple of years ago in the UK. They were detected as Semtex.
|By Daniel Senie on Monday, December 23, 2002 - 3:41 pm:|
I think the cheese and chocolate more likely "break" the bomb sniffing dogs...
|By Daniel Senie on Monday, December 23, 2002 - 3:43 pm:|
The TSA recommended zip ties (bring some spares in case you have to open the bags at customs stops, btw).
|By Glen Reem on Monday, December 23, 2002 - 4:07 pm:|
Or place explosives, etc., in bags between the security check point and the aircraft. But, of course, they are all 'secure' people, right???!!??
|By Fiona Rattray on Monday, December 23, 2002 - 9:23 pm:|
Sorry, folks, can you help out a Canadian here with translation of an acronym...TSA means.....???
|By Glen Reem on Monday, December 23, 2002 - 9:36 pm:|
'TSA' is the new federal transportation safety administration (I don't know if that is the exact acronym but the purpose is there) that runs transportation safety in the U.S. as a result of the 'terror war' since 9.11..
|By Susan Taft on Friday, January 3, 2003 - 2:26 pm:|
Just returned this week from California where at LAX our checked luggage was searched while we were checking in. We were then allowed to relock it but had to ask to do so and missed one piece as the agent was a little less than happy that we were holding things up by relocking. After inspection each bag was tagged with a very sticky pink sticker which has now been hard to remove. It is my guess that each airport will be handling the locking issue differently depending on where the inspection is done.
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