Why Use TSA Locks Over Non-TSA for Checked-In Baggage

Raghuram Sukumar Travel 5 Comments

  • Do you need a TSA locks for your suitcase when you travel to America?
  • Does TSA locks help theft during international air travel?
  • Where does this TSA lock help you?

When you boards the flight to the U.S., your baggage are checked-in and during the transit, when they have to change their flights, baggage from the previous carrier must be transferred to the final destination.

Airports handle thousands of baggage every minute. In case the baggage is lost in transit, you will have to get a connecting flight, then the baggage will come at a later date/time after the passenger reaches the port of entry.

CBP  have to screen each and every bag before allowing them into the U.S.

Non-TSA Locks

TSA officers when they have to inspect your suitcase, they would have to break open the ordinary suitcase locks since airport officers at times will need to look into your bags no matter how big or obvious the contents in your luggages are.

Non-TSA locks are not recognized by these officers and for them these are only distractions to their inspection routine. Typically, non-TSA locks will be broken (cut open) to allow them to check the baggage contents.

That’s when TSA locks will come in handy.

Why Use TSA Locks ?

TSA officers will recognize the TSA logo on the luggage lock, and this allows them to easily open your baggage.

Inspectors have special keys  and combinations numbers that can universally access all TSA-made locks.

If you have non-TSA locks when travelling to the U.S., the best thing to do is to leave the suitcase unlocked.

However, travelling to U.S. make sure your suitcase is secured using TSA Locks. TSA Locks can be purchased from Amazon for cheap.

Remember, before deciding whether to leave your baggage locked or not, you must first purchase a suitcase. Follow this  suitcase buying guide.

Please read this also as guide, list of things to buy for students going to the U.S.

During transit, there’s several opportunity for dishonest Airline worker to steal items from your bags.  Even with TSA locks, your bag can be opened.  See the video below.

P.S. Never pack your valuable and expensive items in your checked-in suitcase.

See Also :  7 More International Air Travel Tips

Comments

  1. Sir,
    In deed I thank you very much for the information provided in the above website, since it is very useful to the new travellers to usa. I congradulate the company for having taken this much of interest to create awareness for new comers to USA & PASSENGERS LIKE ME who are not aware of USA policies.
    Thanking you very much,
    With regards,
    Yours truely,
    Murthy. A

  2. Sir,
    In deed I thank you very much for the information provided in the above website, since it is very useful to the new travellers to usa. I congradulate the company for having taken this much of interest to create awareness for new comers to USA & PASSENGERS LIKE ME who are not aware of USA policies.
    Thanking you very much,
    With regards,
    Yours truely,
    Murthy. A

  3. I bought a TSA lock from VIP store. It costed 200 INR. Fair enough i guess.

  4. However, there are times across the US airports whereas TSA agents just cut off the locks whether the locks were TSA approved or not simply because they were just too lazy to locate their master locks.

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