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8 Tips to Keep the TSA from Stealing Your Stuff
TSA Watch ^ | 4/8/2013 | TSA Watch

Posted on 04/09/2013 5:03:16 AM PDT by TSA-Watch

Long security lines, ever changing rules about what is and is not allowed, manhandling pat-downs... Thanks to the TSA, air travel is unpleasant enough as it is and now we have to worry about TSA agents stealing from us? And there's no way to NOT have them go through your luggage.They go through your checked baggage and rifle through your carry-on. You have no choice but to submit to this if you want to be able to board your flight.

So what is a law abiding air traveler to do in order to protect his or her belongings from the very people who claim to be keeping us safe?

Fortunately there are some steps you can take to secure your belongings and minimize the likelihood of someone - including TSA agents - stealing your stuff.

Here's how.

Tips to Keep Thieves (Including the TSA) from Stealing Your Stuff

  1. Don't pack anything valuable in your checked luggage. This includes jewelry, cash, electronics, medication, etc...
  2. Know what you are bringing with you. Make a list of everything you pack and note where you packed it. If you can, photograph any valuables that you are bringing with you.
  3. Use the buddy system! If you're traveling with someone, stagger yourselves in the security check line so that there are a couple of other passengers between you. That way your buddy can keep an eye on your stuff as you receive your groping pat-down and vice versa.
  4. Skip the bins. Having your jewelry, watch, purse, wallet, keys, etc... out in the open while you are occupied with your pat-down is an open invitation to thieves. Stow those items in your carry-on before you get in the security check line.
  5. Lock your bags with TSA-approved luggage locks or locking straps. This won't do squat to keep sticky fingered TSA agents from stealing your stuff, but it will help to deter other thieves by making your luggage more difficult to access.
  6. Use colorful baggage. Thieves want to get your stuff and get away as unobtrusively as possible. They won't want to be toting that pink and purple flowered dufflebag through the airport.
  7. Double check your carry-on. Once you are done with your screening, check your carry-on to make sure that everything you had in there before the screening is still there.
  8. De-plane quickly and skip the potty break. Getting to baggage claim quickly means that you'll be there when your luggage rolls off the belt and thieves won't have the opportunity to swipe your bags while you aren't looking.

So there you have it. At least now you'll arrive at your destination with your belongings, if not your dignity and personal space, intact.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Miscellaneous; Travel
KEYWORDS: biggestgangintown; cultureofcorruption; donutwatch; policestate; scandal; theft; thugwithabadge; travel; tsa; tsapervs; uniongoons
Nothing is going to eliminate TSA theft altogether, but being pro-active about protecting your stuff will help minimize the chances of *your* stuff being targeted.
1 posted on 04/09/2013 5:03:16 AM PDT by TSA-Watch
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To: TSA-Watch

Top 20 airports for TSA theft. No surprises here.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/top-20-airports-tsa-theft/t/story?id=17537887


2 posted on 04/09/2013 5:10:47 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: TSA-Watch

1. Valuables....well, no...but you can pack a pair or three of skidmarked drawers right there at the top so they’ll see if when they open it. Had a buddy that did this for years.

2. Forget the photographing stuff. The baggage handlers and screeners would likely just use the photos to post on E-Bay when they sell your crap.

3. Buddy system....yeah....possibility though if one of the TSA Sherlocks spots those knowing glances betwixt the two of you, they’ll think something’s afoot!

4. Skip the bins....belts? shoes? overcoat? Jacket?

5. Lock your bags....hell, they’ll just break the locks and steal what you have if they see something nice on the X-Ray..

6. Colorful baggage...I suggest rainbow colored. Add a Gerbil catalog inside for good measure.

7. Double check carry-on.....don’t worry, TSA will do that for you and surreptitiously remove anything of value if they can get away with it.

8. De-plane quick - no potty break.....well, I can tell you aren’t an old man....


3 posted on 04/09/2013 5:13:35 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: TSA-Watch

read


4 posted on 04/09/2013 5:13:55 AM PDT by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: Gaffer

As for your first suggestion... I know someone who does that as well. Leaves visibly dirty underwear right on top. He’s never had a thing stolen.


5 posted on 04/09/2013 5:15:19 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: TSA-Watch
8 Tips to Keep the TSA from Stealing Your Stuff

1. Don't fly

2. If you do, never take ANYTHING of value

3. The TSA are government union goons - nuff said

6 posted on 04/09/2013 5:21:12 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: TSA-Watch

What prompted you to register at FR? last month.
Were you prev a FReeper?I looked at your bio-nada- nnd recent forum comments and only found someone who objects to your blog. I cannot get to blogs on webtv so your info here is helpful.
I had my swissarmyknife stolen from my checkin,the outside pocket it was in was ripped off! I never reported it.


7 posted on 04/09/2013 5:29:08 AM PDT by larryjohnson (USAF(Ret))
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To: TSA-Watch

As a former airport security agent, I can say that the only suggestion here that is worth anything is the first one.


8 posted on 04/09/2013 5:33:03 AM PDT by kidd
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To: TSA-Watch

Have not flown since the beginning of TSA and have no intention to in the future. I drive....


9 posted on 04/09/2013 5:33:37 AM PDT by vet7279 (Those of you who think you know it all are very annoying to those of us who do!)
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To: 2banana; TSA-Watch

2banana, tsa watch,

I haven’t flown since the “enhanced patdowns” started.

I take the train or drive.

Nobody is gonna touch me where only my spouse is allowed to touch, and nobody is gonna scan me to see only what my spouse is allowed to see.

Enough is enough.

If somebody absolutely MUST fly, I would recommend they send their luggage ahead of time by fedex so it gets there the same day they do.


10 posted on 04/09/2013 5:34:39 AM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: TSA-Watch

I fly through Dulles and Atlanta about6-8 times a year, and I’ve never had anything stolen.


11 posted on 04/09/2013 5:38:12 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: vet7279
Have not flown since the beginning of TSA and have no intention to in the future. I drive....

Just wait until Big Sis initiates TSA checkpoints at bridges, tunnels, off-ramps, etc...

12 posted on 04/09/2013 5:38:38 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: TSA-Watch

It is not the TSA that is stealing your stuff(except maybe your innocence). It is the aiine baggage handlers. Big difference.


13 posted on 04/09/2013 5:41:02 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: TSA-Watch

Suggestion: Take your blog “about” block and just copy to your profile page.


14 posted on 04/09/2013 5:48:03 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: TSA-Watch

I’ll drive a thousand miles before I’ll fly.


15 posted on 04/09/2013 6:00:24 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: WildHighlander57

My thought exactly. For the airline 25.00 charge each way you should be able to send quite a bit. Perhaps even buy everything you need.


16 posted on 04/09/2013 6:02:53 AM PDT by Average Al
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To: COBOL2Java
There were some links previously posted (I don't have it bookmarked) to a really good actual video on how to handle the DHS checkpoints that are 40 miles or so inside the border .... Americans being stopped for no reason. The primary phrases used:

No thank you (when asked to pull over to a separate area for 'search', etc)
Am I being detained? (probably the main thing to say, over & over)
Am I free to go?
No, I am not getting out of my car. What is your probable cause? Do you have a warrant?
No, it is not a law that I have to stop filming/get out of my car, etc.

Every time, the DHS agents ended up letting the driver proceed, but it took time, persistence, and the driver staying calm & mostly saying "am I being detained?" and "am I free to go?" Very interesting watching DHS squirm & try to bullsh*t/intimidate drivers into compliance/giving up their rights.

17 posted on 04/09/2013 6:11:04 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: MissMagnolia

Resist...resist...resist. Don’t give an inch to these Nazis.


18 posted on 04/09/2013 7:15:11 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Gaffer
3. Buddy system....yeah....possibility though if one of the TSA Sherlocks spots those knowing glances betwixt the two of you, they’ll think something’s afoot!

When I fly with my family, I make sure to go through first. My wife doesn't put our carry on bags on the conveyor until I'm through and waiting for our stuff on the other side. It's not just TSA: regular passengers can grab carry on bags if you're detained and not looking at them.

19 posted on 04/09/2013 7:22:14 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: PapaBear3625

Smart....


20 posted on 04/09/2013 7:31:29 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer
but you can pack a pair or three of skidmarked drawers right there at the top so they’ll see if when they open it.

I imagine brown show polish would be the best materiel to use for that.

21 posted on 04/09/2013 7:35:32 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: TSA-Watch

Send your stuff ahead via UPS. They even have cardboard box suitcases!


22 posted on 04/09/2013 7:36:05 AM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I was thinking maybe drag half a chocolate Hershey bar across them. That way if the drug dogs got a whiff, and the TSA pukes opened it, their dogs would start licking.....imagine what their handlers would think when “Fritz” wouldn’t “Sitzen Platzen!”


23 posted on 04/09/2013 7:39:52 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: WildHighlander57
If somebody absolutely MUST fly, I would recommend they send their luggage ahead of time by fedex so it gets there the same day they do.

And flying to West coast from East coast for business with a hotel as destination...that you have not checked in to yet? Where would one address one's luggage to?

24 posted on 04/09/2013 7:39:56 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: Gaffer

Sweeeeeet. (Pardon the punnage).


25 posted on 04/09/2013 7:43:54 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: TSA-Watch
Last time through the TSA bozos, they opened one of the jars of homemade jam in my suitcase, and screwed the lid on crooked.

I Wonder if he dipped his finger in for a taste.

26 posted on 04/09/2013 7:55:26 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I’ve done it for a convention, prepaid first night stay and sent box o stuff ahead.


27 posted on 04/09/2013 8:09:05 AM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: Gaffer

28 posted on 04/09/2013 12:24:24 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: vet7279
Have not flown since the beginning of TSA and have no intention to in the future. I drive....

How long does it take you to get to London or Japan?

29 posted on 04/09/2013 12:37:03 PM PDT by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Hardraade

Today is the first day I’ve had access to edit my profile, but I took care of it. Thanks for the suggestion!


30 posted on 04/09/2013 1:31:55 PM PDT by TSA-Watch (TSA-Watch.com)
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To: Altariel

Chocolate is bad for dogs.


31 posted on 10/09/2013 4:41:32 AM PDT by Ulfilas
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To: Gaffer

Chocolate is bad for dogs.


32 posted on 10/09/2013 4:41:38 AM PDT by Ulfilas
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