by Mark Albert
If I’m going to check luggage (which I rarely do; see this post for why), then you’ll probably want to secure your belongings with a luggage lock.
But before you go out and buy that titanium, gold-plated, 12-star lock, know this: if your luggage is selected for intensive screening and a Transportation Security Administration agent can’t open it, the TSA will cut your lock right off.
So I highly recommend buying a TSA-approved lock.
TSA Seal of Approval
Essentially, ones where TSA has the master key. An agent can open the lock, examine whatever item caught the screener’s attention, and relock your bag.
As the TSA says on its website, “TSA has worked with several companies to develop locks that can be opened by security officers using universal “master” keys so that the locks may not have to be cut.”
(PIC: Rei TSA Indicator Shackle Lock.PNG)