will the TSA pay attention to my note?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jgore, Jan 4, 2015.

  1. Hi.
    I'm traveling from Miami to Buenos Aires via Chile without a TSA approved music man case housing a bongo 5HHP.

    I left the case open and added a TSA approved luggage strap lock. Since the stap lock might not be enough protection I left a note telling TSA agents to relock my case and provided a key.

    Will they pay attention to it?.
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    No clue, good luck with that.
  3. joelns


    Mar 10, 2014
    Probably not. And that key/lock combination is probably not going to stop anyone who wants the contents of the case.
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  4. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    Not a chance in hell they'll even read it.
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  5. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    Are you assuming someone would steal the bass and leave the case behind? I'm not sure that locking a case does any good in preventing theft in any situation. I'm not really sure why cases have locks, to be honest.
  6. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
    If they read it on this end, not sure what will happen in customs on the other end
  7. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Well, case locks are very useful - they practically ensure that you will not have the hassle of dealing with an empty case for which you no longer have the corresponding instrument! :D
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  8. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    And probably may as well put a sign on it saying "please don't steal, very valuable to me". Kinda like the old "kick me" sign taped to the back gag. :(
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  9. Roland GR 88

    Roland GR 88 Commercial User

    Sep 16, 2013
    Ontario Canada
    Retail store manager
    If you can't carry it on and put it in a suit closet or behind the last row of non-reclining seats then you should take the effort to pack the case in a box (make one if you have to) and pack it well with lots of stiff Styrofoam or wrapped in a couple of moving blankets inside the box. Use small blocks of Styrofoam inside the guitar case to keep the case from compressing if it gets stepped on. It will be big, difficult to throw and won't look like a guitar.
  10. Doc Mojo

    Doc Mojo

    Oct 29, 2014
    I'd have a better chance of teaching my cats to read that. If they had that Star Wars system like they stored Han Solo in, that would be a great way to ship a bass.
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  11. zeffbeff


    Dec 14, 2014
    Can you perhaps ship it ahead of you? Like, ship it to your hotel.
  12. Doc Mojo

    Doc Mojo

    Oct 29, 2014
    On a serious note, I work in the shipping industry and when I find notes like that I take them seriously. I'm sure I wouldn't be the only one that respects other peoples property and you might get lucky and a bass player might be checking it as long as they aren't gassing for a new MM.
  13. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    What if it gets inspected twice? Without the key the second inspector will just break the lock.
  14. Bob-I


    Sep 12, 2014
    TSA= Thousands Stqnding Around

    Not likely they'll even be able to read that note.
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  15. Doc Mojo

    Doc Mojo

    Oct 29, 2014
    Don't they have keys to the TSA locks? I thought that was the idea behind TSA cases.
  16. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx!

    Oct 31, 2006
    Western Hemisphere
    Domestic flights, I always carry my bass with me (FAA has ruled in favor of musicians on this issue). Not so sure about international flights. Man, good luck with this one!
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  17. Doc Mojo

    Doc Mojo

    Oct 29, 2014
    After a reading again, the OP doesn't have a TSA case. Sorry.
  18. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    TSA people can READ?

    Get a TSA type luggage strap and put it around the case. They can open it with their own key and snap it closed again.
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  19. Kevan Campbell

    Kevan Campbell Bergantino Artist, Vibe9 IEM Artist Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Why not unscrew the neck, pack both the body and neck in a backpack that you can carry on and reassemble it when you get to your destination? You could pick up a cheap gig bag and fold it up in your checked baggage, as well as checking your strings and accessories. This way your bass itself is never away from you.

    I've not traveled to Buenos Aires but I'd suggest checking with customs on both ends to see what they will and won't let in and out of their countries.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2015
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  20. CGremlin


    Nov 1, 2014
    Palm Bay, FL
    Case locks are pretty useless against theft (much like those tiny personal safes), but they do help in keeping the case closed during transit. It'd really suck if in the course of bouncing around in the baggage area, the latches got popped open and the bass itself took a trip around the compartment.