TSA bags hints on checked luggage

DEAR READERS:Not long ago, I was in Roswell, N.M., giving a speech. Flying there and back, I put my netbook in my checked luggage, which was locked with a Transportation Security Administration-approved lock. When I got to the hotel, a note had been placed inside my netbook stating that my bag had been searched. On the way home, the bag had been thoroughly checked again. Here are a few hints from the TSA:

• It is recommended that you not place any valuables or electronics in your checked baggage. No matter how well you pack them, they may get damaged or stolen.

• The TSA has the right to remove and examine all contents. Placing the items in clear plastic bags lowers the chances of your personal items being handled.

• TSA prefers that you place footwear on top of items in checked baggage, and spread out books and documents within your luggage. Don't stack them all together.

• Make sure to use TSA-approved locks, and label each piece of luggage.


If you are uncertain of anything you might pack, visit or call 866-289-9673. Safe travels. — Heloise

DEAR HELOISE:While I was watching my grandson the other day, we went outside to water my garden. He was helping me, and we went one by one watering all of my plants. When we got to the tomatoes, he yelled, "Apple!" and pulled off one of my green tomatoes. Cracked me up. — A Reader in Texas

DEAR READERS:Want to change the size of the font or icons on your desktop screen? Here's how to do it on most computers:

• Click the "start" button, usually in the lower left-hand corner

• Select "Control Panel"

• Then select "Appearance and Personalization"

• Click "Display"

• It will give you the option to select small, medium or large


• Click "Apply" to set the new settings.

You might need to log off and back on to see the new settings take effect. — Heloise

DEAR HELOISE:My son wears a retainer. After having to replace it the second time, which is costly, we were searching for something to help him keep track of it.

Our dentist mentioned that he could make it in different colors and with designs. It cost a little extra, but we made it a bright color so that it is noticeable when my son takes it out and sets it down somewhere. I am happy to say that with the bright color (and a little extra diligence on his part), we have not had to replace another one. — Linda, via email

DEAR HELOISE:I keep the little plastic container that my mechanical pencil lead comes in and use it to store my sewing needles. It is just the right size, easy to find, and I don't prick myself as much anymore. — A Reader, via email

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