Open A Locked Suitcase Without Leaving A Trace

Whether you've lost the key to your own suitcase and need to get it open in a hurry or you're trying to plant some contraband in your dodgy roommate's bag, this clever hack has to be seen to be believed.

Watch the video above to see how a pen can be turned into a suitcase-cracking tool. In the demonstration they use a ballpoint pen to exert pressure on the zipper of a suitcase. The pressure causes the teeth to separate, effectively opening the suitcase.

The secret sauce in this hack of dubious ethics, however, isn't the pen (you could always slice a suitcase open with a knife if you wanted in that badly after all) but in the zipper mechanism itself. Zippers are self healing and if you run the zipper pull (still securely locked to the other pull, we might add) along the zipper track you'll reseal the suitcase as though you were never there.

Break Into and Reseal a Locked Suitcase [YouTube]


Comments

    I've always thought that putting locks on your bag was pretty useless. Interesting seeing it done in practice though. I wonder if there's a way to defend against this?

      I use a "clam shell" style suitcase made of ABS. Obviously this trick won't work with that type of luggage.
      You can buy a tamper proof tie that will secure the case. There are a few different brands, but they all work something like a cable tie. Each one has an unique serial number.
      After it is applied, there is no way to open the case without breaking the tie. As an extra security measure, I photograph the serial number on the tie at the baggage check-in on my camera phone, with myself in the photo. The phone automatically uploads the pic to dropbox, complete with all exif data, including GPS position. It is not hard evidence, but every bit of evidence helps if you are wrongly accused.

      If you can lock your zippers in place either to a handle or the bag/s integrated locking mechanism, they can't reseal the bag.

      Otherwise, maybe get a hard clamshell bag with latches?

    I figured this out when I was a kid and my parents tried hiding Christmas presents in old suitcases.

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      Scary, albeit not surprising..

    so does anyone actually know anyone who got done with drugs that werent theirs? considering how many people fly, surely the number of incidents that take place must be high if we listen to everything that is said.

    if people are truly paranoid, they can get their bag glad wrapped at the airport. for all those with TSA approved locks, do you really think organised crime doesn't have access to the keys already to open your locks?

    best solution yet...cut down on all the extras, and carry hand luggage.

    Yep,.. Like my old pappy use to say,... Locks is for the innocent folks,.. not the crooks.. :}

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