Be Wary When Airlines Offer You A Replacement Suitcase

If your suitcase gets damaged at the airport, it’s not uncommon for staff to offer an on-the-spot replacement. It turns out this can be a bad idea. Earlier today, a Sydney Airport customer was accidentally given a replacement bag that contained 230 grams of plastic explosives. Oops.

Warning: Carrying Garden Seeds Can Get You Searched For Drugs

Last night, I was subjected to an extensive drug search at Sydney’s central station after a sniffer dog plucked me out of the crowd. Over the next 20 minutes, I was made to answer questions, hand over my licence, take off my shoes, empty the contents of my bag and stand spreadeagled against a wall while a police officer patted me down; all in full view of the public. Eventually, they found what had set the dog off — a bag of novelty garden seeds. No really.

Ask LH: What Should I Do If I Get Robbed?

Dear Lifehacker, A friend of mine recently had his house robbed, and it got me thinking: What should I do if I get robbed? Who should I call first, and how should I go about getting made whole again?

Briefly: US Spy Fortresses Exposed, Man Of Steel Reviewed, Police Install 4000 Secret Speed Cameras

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Queensland approves new ‘covert’ speed camera locations, Man of Steel reviewed, inside America’s secret spy buildings.

Briefly: Clueful Lands On Android, Australian Police Test 3D Printed Firearms, Crazy GoPro Cliff Dive Video

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Clueful security app comes to Android, get a Nexus 7 tablet for $206, extreme stuntman drives snow mobile off cliff and films it.

Should Street Windscreen Washers Be Banned?

Victorian police are cracking down on street windscreen washers who operate on city intersections due to safety concerns, Courier Mail reports. Should these squeegee-totting panhandlers be banned altogether?

Do You Have A Right To Silence In Australia?

You’ve just been pulled over by the cops, smoking gun in your hand, blood stains all over your clothes and a bag full of shiny diamonds on your passenger seat. Are you actually obliged to say anything to the local constabulary?