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What Is a TSA Approved Luggage Lock?

Not all luggage locks are the same. Use the wrong ones and you just may be throwing money down the drain and putting your baggage at risk of being damaged and the contents at risk of being stolen. How's that? Read on.

The folks at TSA  (Transportation Security Administration) are responsible for screening passengers and their luggage. If you decide to lock your checked luggage (highly recommended) and TSA cannot open it any other way than breaking the lock, that's exactly what they will do.

They'll replace the broken lock, right? Wrong!

TSA is not liable for damage caused either to the lock or your luggage if they have to open it for security purposes.

To avoid shattered locks and damaged bags, you need to use a TSA approved luggage lock. These "special" locks can be opened by TSA using tools provided to them by the luggage industry members.

Travel Sentry and Safe Skies have an arrangement with TSA to supply TSA "accepted and recognized" locks. When purchasing your next luggage lock, look for the following symbols.

TSA Approved Luggage Locks

Swiss Army TSA Lock Combination Set SW3513 in Black/Silver

Swiss Army TSA Lock Combination Set SW3513 in Black/Silver

3-Dial Combination Shackle SetTravel Sentry certified lock uses a special, secure system that allows TSA screeners to open the lock and then relock it after inspectionEach lock bares a TSA identification mark, alerting the Transportation Security Administration that they can open the lock without destroying itDurable cast zinc constructionSized to fit through locking zipper slides on luggage and briefcases3-Digit combination can be reset as needed

Swiss Army Cable TSA Combination Lock SW3519 in Black/Silver

Swiss Army Cable TSA Combination Lock SW3519 in Black/Silver

Lock with Flexible CableTravel Sentry certified lock uses a special, secure system that allows TSA screeners to open the lock and then relock it after inspectionEach lock bares a TSA identification mark, alerting the Transportation Security Administration that they can open the lock without destroying itDurable cast zinc construction with flexible cable makes treading lock easyLock over-molded with TPR rubber providing a soft grip for comfort handlingSized to fit through locking zipper slides on luggage and briefcases3-Digit combination can be reset as needed

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