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Anyone tried this money pouch?

TSA approved money pouch

Interesting idea... and interested to know if any of you have tried it and what you thought of it!

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One of the pictures on Amazon shows that it has some sort of clip that attaches it to your shirttail. Two concerns I would have are possible damage to the shirt, and what would you do if you want to wear your shirt untucked - attach it to your underwear?

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10344 posts

Yes, the manner of attachment is not obvious.

Posted by
961 posts

I frequently wear camis and thought it might attach to that but you're right, it could ruin it.

Another thought is that I have some double layered Maidenform camis and a neighbor who knows how to sew . I may have her cut a slit in it and edge each side of the slit so it doesn't fray and use it as a pocket for passport, etc. Another thought is to have her make me a larger version of the Eagle Creek stash that snaps over the edge of a bra. I hate things around my waist and never wear a belt so I can imagine I will not like a money belt. I bought a pacsafe purse but feel shy about using it for passport and credit cards.

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10344 posts

At least a money belt could be tried. Some find them surprisingly comfortable. If not worn in front (I'm now too fat for that), then simply reverse the belt 180 degrees and wear it in the small of the back.
Simplifies things.
For European travel: KISS
Keep it Simple

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Nance
Nowhere in the description does it say "TSA Approved", just in the name. I don't believe TSA "approves" any products. That would be an endorsement and I don't believe they have that kind of testing and approval program or authority. In the description, it says it won't set off any "beeps" which I interpret as not setting off metal detectors, which is not surprising since there are no metal parts. However, I would guess TSA would still expect it to be taken off when going through the whole body scanner, since they made me take out a used kleenex from a back pocket.

I'm very skeptical when a product makes claims about approvals like that, but am willing to be proven wrong.

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961 posts

Thanks for your replies.... good food for thought.

Posted by
1834 posts

It looks like a waste of twenty bucks to me. There are better solutions like a hidden wallet or a neck wallet. As mentioned, TSA doesn't approve any commercial products. The maker probably got one through a checkpoint and thus it is TSA approved. I would further say that RFID is a waste of money playing on the whipped up paranoia that settles on travelers shoulders.

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6782 posts

If you look at most products that are advertised as TSA-approved, and read the descriptions, it usually says the product is compliant with TSA requirements, not that it has specifically gone through a TSA testing program.

Posted by
3655 posts

Have used the "old faithful" style money belt since the 90s without ever having a problem. If it isn't broken, don't fix it. TC

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6510 posts

"Have used the "old faithful" style money belt since the 90s without ever having a problem."

That's all well and good but some of us, like the OP, don't like things around our waist. There are other options such as the neck wallets. Some people here don't like them around their necks either so they wear them cross-body and under the arm, some attach them to their bra or undershirt with a safety pin to keep them from moving around.

I'm not sure I understand the value of buying a pac-safe purse if you're not going to feel comfortable using it to keep things (passport, cc's) safe.

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2845 posts

Looks like they are playing on the RFID fear.

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9363 posts

I agree with Monte. It looks like a lot of scare-mongering hype to me - "TSA approved", RFID, etc. TSA does not approve products, and they don't care how or where you carry your money. You will have to remove it for the full body scanner, anyway. While it does show how it is attached in the other pictures, it doesn't look "invisible". Consider the size of a passport and how that would lie against your body when thinking about the type of money belt you want to try.

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961 posts

I wasn't even thinking about TSA approval or shielding on this pouch but the fact that it might be easy because I could place it wherever I wanted.

I found a money belt in amongst dh's retirement gifts and tried it on, placing the bag part across the small of my back. It didn't bother me so looks like my fears may be laid to rest. However, I looked up the money belt online (Swiss Gear) and saw bad reviews of the snap breaking and the belt falling loose. Hopefully the ones RS send for our tour will be more sturdy than that.