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It's quite simple: You can spot more easily whether someone has opened it It can not open by accident The luggage doesn't get dirty You don't want your expensive luggage to be scratched! It looks really sexy


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I remember seeing this at an airport once before. They didn't have this at my local international airport so I thought it was some crazy thing for paranoid fliers. But in hindsight it has a purpose. The companies that provide these services claim a lot, but it is definitely going to provide the protection from the following things: Tampering (or at least ...


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Even though the people who walk past are unlikely to be want to buy a suitcase right now, they are still the target demographic. How many other locations are there in a city where you can open a store where 100% of the people that walk past are people that travel by air, and thus the type of people that will be in the market for your products? How many ...


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A couple of options spring to mind The first is not to fly! Take the train - either TGV in the daytime, or the Trenhotel sleeper overnight, plus onward Spanish trains as needed. You can basically take all the luggage you can physically carry. Book in advance and you can get a bed in a 4 berth cabin from Paris to either Madrid or Barcelona for only €80, and ...


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It prevents anyone in the airport from stealing anything from your bag. Not a problem in many European/USA airports, but when travelling through, say, Africa, you have to be careful. I remember a friend of mine, after transferring through Johannesburg, picking up her laptop case from the luggage carousel and remarking that it felt very light.


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Any hotel or hostel will allow you to check your bags at the front desk after you check out... it's commonly done, and I've never stayed anywhere that didn't allow this.


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I can't find the reference now, but there was a great story that an organisation was testing security at airports around the world, by taking a suitcase to the airport and leaving it there, timing how long before it got stolen or identified. The exception was Johannesburg, where the car was hijacked enroute, and the suitcase never made it to the airport ;) ...


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Although I haven't brought champagne in checked luggage, I have brought wine on multiple occasions. (Typically bringing it home from places with nice wine.) I roll a nice soft Tshirt around it tightly, and if I have two bottles (which might clink against each other) then after each is rolled in a shirt I wrap the two of them together in another shirt or ...


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The only 'tricks' I can suggest are four methods: 1) Put dense, heavy items in your carry-on. I travel a lot, and am hardly ever weighed. Until my most recent Auckland -> London flight, when believe it or not, I had 10.5kg in my carry on, when the limit is 7, and Murphy's Law - they weighed it, first time I've had that in 10 years. We looked at each ...


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Plastic wrap, or some sort of net, is also a common technique for people traveling with backpacking packs. The number of protruding straps, handles, etc. are irresistible bait for baggage handlers or machines to grab your bag by the wrong strap and rip it apart. Bundling it until it reaches your destination prevents backpack disabling misadventure.


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Think about what your luggage goes through from the time you check it until you get it back. It travels on automatic conveyor belts. In many situations, it must be shunted from one conveyor belt to another. This is done by machines, not humans. The machines cannot see the "fragile" tag. It is moved from conveyor-belt to dolly by a human. The human may, or ...


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The TSA guide says that "Realistic Replicas of Explosives" are not allowed, and yours kind of qualifies. Of course it lacks a critical component, namely an accelerant and/or explosive, but good luck convincing airport authorities anywhere in the world. The best thing that comes to mind is to disassemble partly the components, particularly the analog ones -- ...


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Several things spring to mind: Paying for excess baggage (if needed) is usually cheaper online than in person When you check in online, you can pick your seats, so you can get that sorted before everyone else does theirs at the airport (so you can often get better seats) You know you have a seat (reduced chance of getting bumped because you'll already have ...


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Shrinkwrapping your luggage also protects anything protruding or attached such as handles, straps, fittings, padlocks, wheels, etc. Apparntly it's also used to keep things of odd shapes and sizes together as in this photo from Bangkok airport: (Thanks to WikiMedia Commons for the photo)


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A friend recently did this, flying from LON (London) to SYD (Sydney). I went shopping with him and found a hard-shell suitcase. They're surprisingly light, and Samsonite has claimed theirs is "strong enough to stand on". We then removed his harddisk drive. This is the most valuable and most fragile part of the computer. It's also feasible to do the ...


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It's an interesting dilemma to be sure. Normally I pack wire ties into my carry on not the whole bag of them buy just enough to tie the locks on the luggage. They are easily removed with scissors or wire cutters but it does tell you if the bag you have checked in have been messed with since having the exact brand make of the wire ties is difficult at best. ...


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Take two suitcases. You will (probably) get charged extra for the overweight bag, and if it's too overweight they won't accept it at all. And you will pay again on the return. Assuming you are going on vacation, you will most likely buy something and need a way to carry it home. yes? One overweight, stuffed to capacity case won't work. Note that a ...


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X Rays don't penetrate metal. Circuit boards have a lot of metal and solder, making it easy to conceal items within. If the TSA can't see it, they get nervous. Hence the 'take out your laptop.' (Why they don't require that of iPads, I don't know.) Now, all this being said, you can get bags that have laptop compartments. The only requirement is that ...


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Setting aside the people who suddenly need more or different suitcases, an airport is one of the few places where you feel dissatisfied with the suitcases you have. While they're sitting in your closet, they're fine. You've used them for years and they work. But for the hour or two after you've packed them, lugged them from the car into the airport, and ...


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I assume people do that because they are afraid someone could easily hide some illegal substances in unattended, non-wrapped baggage and try to steal it back on the other side, after the victim passed the luggage inspection.


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Funnily enough, there's scientifically exact solution to this - it's known as the Knapsack problem and is considered to be NP-complete - it is expected that no algorithm can be both correct and fast (polynomial-time) on ALL cases. But naturally there are tips and suggestions to help guide you towards an optimal solution. Running shoes, it's good to ...


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Use sodium bicarbonate. To translate that into English, use 'Baking Soda'. Sodium bicarbonate is the main ingredient for baking soda and it has this magical effect on bacteria, especially the ones that live in humid areas. Just put some sodium bicarbonate inside your backpack where it gets humid and leave it overnight, then remove it in the morning and NO ...


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I agree with most of the answers, but don't think that if your luggage is wrapped in plastic it can't be "opened by accident". I have a friend who traveled from the US to Venezuela with his luggage wrapped in plastic, and some things "dissapeared" from his luggage, aparently someone opened it got some stuff and wrapped it again in plastic so my friend ...


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Short answer: Yes, it's possible! Long answer: You will have to inform yourself with the airline you're flying with if they allow bikes on the plane, how much it costs, and how big the box you put it in can maximum be. Also it might be interesting to know if they allow cardboard boxes (otherwise you will have to get yourself a hard-case box to put your ...


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On flights into Canada they repeatedly announce that all passengers must claim their bags and clear customs at the first point of entry, regardless of their final destination within Canada or elsewhere. Repeatedly. Also customs in Montreal usually asks if you have checked bags. It is really unfortunate that you were given wrong information by Qatar Airlines. ...


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Overweight bags are not only so designated as a way to make money for the airline . They can actually be difficult for baggage handlers to, well, handle, and to place inside the hold etc. The extra fee is to deter you from bringing a heavy bag; the airline would definitely prefer even a single traveller to bring two lighter bags. Then to complicate matters ...


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The standard rule is one bag for the overhead, plus one small "purse" that fits under the seat in front of you. Caveats: Airport and airline staff are busy. They are unlikely to pay attention to what you're trying to bring on the plane in many cases. That said, When you get on the plane, if you are later in the boarding process or if the flight is full ...


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Best decision depends on the circumstances, including reliability of the police/judicial process, your access to a good lawyer, and your personal situation. If you're a reasonably wealthy, respectable-looking professional traveling to the U.S. or Western Europe, your best bet is to alert the authorities immediately, not make any extensive statements, and ...


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Yes, I have seen this on many occasions, on flights to USA, Europe and Australia with multiple connections. The scenario is exactly as you describe - at the airport where they cannot be checked through, you need to pick up your luggage then check it back in for the next leg of your journey. A long as you plan for it, it ends up just being a mildly ...


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It's not really true - especially if you have a transfer. The idea behind this concept is of course that if your bag is last, it'll go near the cargo-hold door, and come out before anyone elses. The reality is that the luggage handlers put your bags on their carts in an arbitrary place and hook them up in an arbitrary position of their little luggage-cart ...



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