Like a suitcase they run it through scanners and it can be subject to random check with them opening the box and searching through it.Does anyone know the protocol now for checking a taped up box as luggage? I have scoured TSA's website as well as the airline's site but I haven't found anything specific to boxed luggage.
uhhh, yes, you can put ANY lock on it. They might cut it, but you can put it on there...No you can't. Not just any padlock.
Um, what?Why not just ship the package via UPS or Fedex? I bet it would be the same price or cheaper in the end. Just double box it and bubble wrap/packing peanuts for any valuables inside the box.
Side note: I've got a couple of mailboxes at the UPS Store and I frequently see people bringing their actual luggage to ship via UPS instead of bringing them to the airport. Cost I would bet is the same. Then you just pack a small bag with a few changes of clothes, mail your luggage a few days in advance, and be done with it.
Sad to say this is what airline travel has become. Pack too many people into the cattle car (aka a plane) with no luxuries (or even working bathrooms in some cases) and charge obscene amounts of money.