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Sorry, it's a valid idea but it's not going to happen It's tricky to find passengers who will be on your flight before you pass through security. You would have to catch them at check in, before they check in their luggage. If you check in with Air Canada in Vancouver, there are flights to many different destinations. How would you find someone going to the ...


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Ask at the airport information desk, lost property, or a luggage shop (thanks @Fattie). They most likely know some way of ensuring the contents gets given to a charity or at least recycled properly. Subterfuge will at the very least create overhead for the airport personnel, who will have to either destroy the contents safely or hold on to it for a long ...


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Sensible people will call security on you and you're probably going to get arrested. You may find a "mark" but you'd be placing a naive and people-pleasing person in a very bad and nerve-wracking predicament. Drug cartels have been known to smuggle drugs in very unusual places (sown inside dogs, in the texture of Virgin Mary statuettes, watermelons) and I ...


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The fundamental problem is that what you want to do - leave a bag somewhere and depart without having it associated with you - is exactly what a bomber would want to do. Therefore, I do not believe there is any way to do this without risking being mistaken for a bomber. I think that trying to leave a bag at an airport will inherently cause a security scare....


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The airline is liable. According to the Montreal convention the airline cannot disclaim liability via their contract of carriage or other terms and conditions. As in this analysis by the US DoT (not USA specific): We have become aware of tariff provisions filed by several carriers that attempt, with respect to checked baggage, to exclude certain items,...


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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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Even ignoring the practicalities, it's a terrible idea. Without being too paranoid, I don't know what you have done with that knife. I don't want my finger prints on it, I don't want whatever substances it has been in contact with in my own bag, and I don't want to have any kind of explaining to do to law enforcement, especially upon arriving in the US.


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Short answer: No, you will not get such a discount. Longer answer: For any significantly-sized airliner, the commodity they have to sell you is floor space in the cabin, not weight. If you're occupying one seat of the same size, you're costing the airline almost exactly the same as someone who weighs twice what you do. Let's consider some numbers: ...


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Tell a member of airport staff that the bag is broken - perhaps even break off something to do with the handle or a wheel (in a toilet, less visible) as these bags aren't so robust. Tell then you didn't have much in it anyway, and where can you throw it away.


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Forget the fact that it's a knife for a moment. Would you accept a deal where you risk arrest just so a stranger can save (say) $30? If you're like most people, your answer is no. If you're not, well... there's your answer.


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Colored duct tape. It comes in hundreds of colors and designs, is durable enough to last many, many trips, is cheap enough to be replaced when it does start to wear, and is easy to apply. This is my preferred method over the previous answers like ribbons, laces, and ropes because tape doesn't hang off the luggage, so it won't get caught and ripped off during ...


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Note (from Yale): TSA Security Officers inspect more than 2 million pieces of baggage every day. It is faster and easier for them to open your Travel Sentry locks using their special Travel Sentry tools than it is for them to cut or break open a lock. However, it is rare but possible, that the TSA may have to cut open a Travel Sentry lock if it has been ...


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You seem pretty experienced at traveling already, but here's what I'd recommend: Avoid carrying stuff you can't afford to lose. Barcelona (so I've heard) is a wonderful place, I am envious. I spent 3 months traveling through Europe, but as bad luck would have it, thanks to an airline delaying my luggage, I had to skip visiting Barcelona. But also Barcelona ...


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Not a solution for the current problem, but for future reference it may be good to keep in mind: As others have pointed out, TSA-compliant locks are a joke and a waste of money. They are not secure and do not serve the purpose (any more) that you would traditionally expect from a lock. Too many non-TSA people can also open them (besides possible criminal ...


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The 23kg limit is the "advised maximum weight limit" as issued by the IATA in its "Baggage Reference Manual" and is set for health and safety reasons. The maximum weight of a single item of normal baggage that an airline should accept is set at 32kg, above this the airline can start to receive fines under IATA health and safety guidelines. http://www.iata....


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I posed this question to @OdeonCinemas, @OdeonHelp and @ApolloVictoria on Twitter and received the following replies from each: Provided it doesn't create a trip hazard, or get in the way then there shouldn't be a problem. -@OdeonCinemas (source) As long as it doesn't block any aisles you will be fine :) -@OdeonHelp (source) So small bags in the ...


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Get your own key for the TSA lock. Unfortunately for the traveling public in the US, these locks are notoriously insecure. Keys for them can be had for $10 or less on eBay. (example)


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It depends on where you are and how you're travelling. If you need to pass through customs then the baggage collection area is typically closed to all but travellers, so requires forethought and an outlay of a flight to gain access. However in some circumstances, i.e. domestic flights, definitely in Australia and the U.S. amongst others, the statement is ...


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The main reasons on why the OP's baggage never arrive one of the first fall under two broad categories - priority baggages and when you check your baggage. Some baggage get prioritised when getting off the plane Flight class matters As the OP has pointed out in the question, the order for a baggage to be loaded on the luggage belt (or their equivalent) ...


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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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Once when I found myself at the airport with no check-in baggage and a swiss army knife I wanted to preserve for sentimental reasons, I asked the airline staff giving me my boarding pass, if they could arrange to transport it for me. They agreed, and I was able to hand it over (at no cost) and later collect it at at airline's ticketing counter at my ...


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You need to check with the airline at their customer service desk. All airlines have slightly different policies but typically they return checked luggage, if you are delayed by 24 hours or more. They may already have brought out and then it would sit on the carousel or at the baggage office of the airline. When you checked your luggage you got a baggage ...


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Yes. A bag is not a restricted item and so you can back as many bags in your suitcase or another bag. This something I often do to carry specialty bags. I have used this to pack camera bags that I will use at my destination, backpacks to use for hiking or as day pack, beach bags, etc. My wife often packs some purses that match different outfits in too. ...


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The 23 kilo limit is to save workers from damaging their back, so they usually keep it strong. As you do have two cases, re-arrange your belongings to neither one is over 22 kilos (leaving a bit of space in case one or more of the scales are off.) There are ticket classes which do allow for 32 kilo luggage. Which is over the 23 kilo range by quite a bit, ...


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It's 100% OK to carry condoms. In fact, you will find them everywhere in Dubai (Pharmacies, supermarkets, etc.). In case you are wondering (and I think you are since you asked this question), condoms are not a problem for both the Islamic and the Arabian cultures. Source: I am both an Arab and a Muslim who lived in Dubai for 3 years in the past, and I ...


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Not sure about Quatar but in other jurisdictions (e.g. USA, India) you can complain to the airport authorities. They will review CCTV footage (after some pushing) and if they catch a handler filching your valuable the punishment is swift and sure. I've known several handlers get jail time in the US for exactly this sort of thing. Of course, the smarter ...


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Two 20-kg suitcases? That's my regular vacation luggage ;-). I had at least 100 kg of total luggage when I relocated by train in 2008, foolishly thinking "no luggage limits on the train!". It included a 35 kg duffel bag without wheels — it took me 45 minutes to change platforms at København Hovedbanegård. That's what a student budget means (total money ...


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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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There are a variety of strategies you can use but they all involve a cost of time. I use different strategies in different places. First and foremost is what we calling "walking the campsite" (because it came from camping trips where leaving something behind could be catastrophic). You literally walk from room to room in the hotel (or wherever you are) ...


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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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