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How to protect expensive items in your checked luggage November 2, 2006

Posted by dorigo in Blogroll, internet, travel.

These days, if you are traveling with expensive material in your checked luggage, you have every reason to worry. Not only luggage gets lost at an increasing rate: it also gets searched for cameras or jewelry and those items get subtracted. And in the latter case, you do not even get a refund from the airline company!

There is a solution to that. A brilliant one, I must say. I do not know if it only works for US travel or international travel as well. But here is what I found (through a link in Gordon Watts’ blog, http://gordonwatts.wordpress.com ):

A “weapons” is defined as a rifle, shotgun, pistol, airgun, and STARTER PISTOL. Yes, starter pistols – those little guns that fire blanks at track and swim meets – are considered weapons…and do NOT have to be registered in any state in the United States. I have a starter pistol for all my cases. All I have to do upon check-in is tell the airline ticket agent that I have a weapon to declare…I’m given a little card to sign, the card is put in the case, the case is given to a TSA official who takes my key and locks the case, and gives my key back to me.

That’s the procedure. The case is extra-tracked…TSA does not want to lose a weapons case. This reduces the chance of the case being lost to virtually zero.

It’s a great way to travel with camera gear…I’ve been doing this since Dec 2001 and have had no problems whatsoever.

The whole article is in http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/09/expensive_camer.html

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