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?
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
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