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TSA "approved" Security Locks

Sat Jan 06, 2007 10:44 am

How secure do you consider the TSA security locks to be? In other words, have you heard of outsiders (non-TSA employees) having access to the 'key' that unlocks these locks? I know that prior to TSA, I always felt comfortable using a small combination lock on my luggage - mainly because it seemed it was more trouble than it was worth for someone dishonest to fool with it. But I'm not too sure with a key that can unlock a combination. Thoughts, or experiences? Thanks....

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RE: TSA "approved" Security Locks

Sat Jan 06, 2007 11:03 am

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Just use a nylon tiewrap. It's stronger.

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RE: TSA "approved" Security Locks

Sat Jan 06, 2007 11:05 am

I use them regularly. The TSA will get into your luggage if and when want...there's nothing you can do about. However, at least its better than no lock, and serves as a deterrent against bad employees.

My recommendation is to use them, despite their apparent weaknesses.

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RE: TSA "approved" Security Locks

Sat Jan 06, 2007 11:06 am

I use them. They do what they're designed to do. Although, as AsstChiefMark says, a pliers will defeat them. All they do is keep honest people honest.

TSA has keys for them, I've seen them used. Both for combination and lock style. There was no damage to my locks afterward.

I'm sure somewhere there are TSA keys in the wrong hands, afterall, the keys are controlled by the TSA, right. Like I said, keeps honest people honest.

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RE: TSA "approved" Security Locks

Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:39 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
TSA has keys for them, I've seen them used. Both for combination and lock style. There was no damage to my locks afterward.

I have used TSA locks on gun cases I have checked and never had any trouble.

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 1):

Nothing like em'

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 1):
Just use a nylon tiewrap. It's stronger.

TSA will not let you use that on a gun case, it must be a combo or keyed lock. I've tried, that is how I know. I am sure the zip tie would be fine on regular bags. I usually leave my bags unlocked unless I have guns in there. It seems like the TSA opens my bag a lot.
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RE: TSA "approved" Security Locks

Mon Jan 15, 2007 9:50 am

Its funny that a lot of passengers that have things stolen out of their luggage like to blaim us for it. There is some "idea" that after we put those bags on the belt they go straight to the plane and no one else touches them...HA!

But in my experience the only time I cut a TSA lock was because the key for that lock was broken and I would have to wait to get a key from somewhere else and that took forever. But in my opinion locks serve no purpose when flying unless the bag is with you at all times. If people want to steal something out whether it is a TSA officer or a baggage handler from the airline they will get in it. If a bag is locked all it takes is the pop of a Pen.
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RE: TSA "approved" Security Locks

Wed Jan 17, 2007 7:14 am

Quoting Tsaord (Reply 5):
If a bag is locked all it takes is the pop of a Pen.

Heck the ones that often come with luggage pop open if you breath on them the right way. We'd find them all of the time in the bin and you could easily open them with a paper clip.

The last time I flew, I didn't check anything because it was a short trip (this was also before the 3-1-1 regs in regards to liquids and gels in carry on bags). The previous trip to that one, I checked one bag and locked it with a combination lock (This was shortly before the "TSA" locks came out). For my upcoming trip to LAS in March, I'm planning on checking all of my bags and will purchase some of the "TSA" locks for my bags.
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RE: TSA "approved" Security Locks

Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:02 am

Im sure TSA locks are better than nothing. But like Tsaord said, if someone wants in your bag, they can get in your bag. I have since started leaving my bag unlocked. I never pack anything in there I wouldn't have too much of a problem losing.

What i don't understand are those passengers who check designer luggage ie. Louis Vuitton. Those bags are just asking for a pilfer.
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RE: TSA "approved" Security Locks

Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:18 am

I just use a twist-tie on the zippers. They're going to get into it anyway, but I don't want the zippers to fail on me! Other things that don't have zippers (like the hardshell suitcases we have) have malfunctioning locking mechanisms, so we use duct tape. If they get in it, they're usually nice enough to put more tape on it.
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