We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
After the bag is packed, wrap the tape around the bag several times, maybe once at the top and once at the bottom. Put the roll in your purse, computer bag or briefcase etc. to use on the return trip. The tape is very strong and cannot be broken by human hands , it must be cut, or in the case of a bag unwrapped. When you and your bag are back together it will be easy to see if it's been tampered with. This will curtail theft. The tape also serves a second important purpose, when your bag is thrown it prevents it from popping open, with your clean undies and tooth brush being scattered . ALL Airlines, Cruise Ship companies, in short all bag handlers throw/heave bags when possible in order to expedite the process.
When a bag opens as a result of abuse and rough handling the procedure is to scoop up your stuff, cram back in, & tape it shut. When you inquire about the bag, they'll say,
' You should purchase a better bag.'-- but they won't tell you about Strapping tape.
This travel advise is extended to all Maggie Farm members in good standing, at no charge. ;)
And with the current "TSA approved" locks, it's even easier for the crooks.
Just get a TSA key (those should be easy to get, it's a government agency after all) and you can open anything you want, or almost.
Never put anything of any value in your checked luggage. It's always been the case, but with airport "security" now having the means to quickly open any suitcase and having given themselves the right to rummage through it, the risk of your stuff being stolen there is far higher than the risk of someone stealing a suitcase and cracking it open at leasure somewhere else.