Finnish security checks leave suitcase locks intact
Airport security checks of cargo hold luggage do not damage suitcase locks. Finnish airport security checks are subject to legal statute as laid down for Civil Aviation Administration security inspections. If a security inspection indicates that there is any reason to suspect that a suitcase contains any dangerous substances or objects, the case will be opened without breaking it and the contents inspected. The first procedure will be to try to summon the passenger to attend, but if the owner of the case cannot be reached it will be opened in the presence of two security inspectors. A notice will be attached to the case, signed by both inspectors, stating that the case has been opened and that any prohibited objects or substances found in it have been removed.
Luggage will not be stowed on the aircraft if its contents cannot be reliably
ascertained. Any substances or objects removed from luggage will be retained at
the airport for a period of at least one month.
The decision on whether or not to lock a suitcase is always a matter for the individual passenger, who may wish to discuss it with his or her insurance company. However, it is worth noting that there is always a risk that dangling locks, straps and handles can become entangled in the airport baggage conveyors, which may cause locks to separate or cases to break. It is extremely rare for locks to be broken as a result of security inspections at Finnish airports.
The purpose of security checks is to ensure that no objects or substances that could endanger a flight are carried onto the plane. Ordinary items and materials that we use every day may become dangerous on an aeroplane and may therefore be forbidden or subject to carriage restrictions.
Instructions for passengers concerning the packing of luggage and security checks are posted on the Finnish CAA Internet website, which also contains a list of the most frequently asked questions concerning substances and objects which may or may not be carried.
Security checks tightened in recent years
Following the events of September 11th, 2001, aviation security has been
tightened both in Finland and abroad. In September 2002, security checks of air
passengers and their hand luggage was harmonized in Finland to conform with
European practice. At the beginning of 2003, one hundred percent security checks
of all cargo hold luggage were instituted at all Finnish airports.
Security inspection requirements have been ratified by law at both Finnish and European Union levels. The legislation in EU countries is based on the regulations and recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the recommendations of the European Civil Aviation Conference ( ECAC).