Friday, July 8, 2011

How to avoid theft of personal belongings at airports

Nelson Santiago-Serrano stole $50,000 worth of electronics from airline travelers. If you travel with something valuable on a flight (confidential data? laptop computer hard drive?), print out a copy of the TSA's page that details how to fly with firearms, and follow the instructions below, courtesy of a helpful Slashdotter.

 How to avoid the TSA thieves (Score:5, Interesting)

by kwiqsilver (585008) on Friday July 08, @07:59PM (#36701226)
If you must fly, here's what to do:
  • Buy a hard plastic or metal suitcase with locks.
  • Buy a pistol, if you don't have one already. (A starter pistol, which has no legal restrictions on ownership or purchase in any state, works just as well).
  • Put your pistol in the suitcase, check-in at the counter, and tell the airline rep you have a firearm to declare.
  • Fill out the card that says your firearm is unloaded, put it in your suitcase, and lock it (with real locks, not TSA-approved ones), while the airline rep watches.
  • Walk down to the TSA screener with the airline rep, and hand your bag over.
  • The TSA screener will scan your bag while you wait. If there's a need to open it, the screener will have you open it, and will look through the bag while you watch.
It is illegal for them to open your bag without you being present, if you have a firearm declared. (I guess the government doesn't trust the TSA near guns...if only they'd expand that mistrust to all the federal alphabet soup criminals).

I discovered this accidentally, because I usually take at least one pistol whenever I fly anywhere, and have been using it ever since. If I'm going some place anti-gun, like Chicago or CA, I take a firearm component, like a barrel, which still has to be checked the same way, but can't get me into trouble on the trip.

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