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Esteemed Contributor
Posts: 5,791
Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Checked luggage

I purchased a TSA approved lock for my suitcase that is being checked...am I allowed to lock that bag?  I have not flown for quite a while so not sure about locking.

 

 For some reason I think that the TSA approved locks are universal and TSA can open at their discretion.

Esteemed Contributor
Posts: 7,625
Registered: ‎02-02-2015

Re: Checked luggage

@momtodogs Yes, you should close your TSA approved lock. They can open it without breaking the lock. If they do open it, I usually have a card inside saying that they opened for inspection.

Trusted Contributor
Posts: 1,268
Registered: ‎05-15-2014

Re: Checked luggage

Yes @Worldtravler  is right.  I lock mine all the time.  I have had my bag inspected more than once.  They will leave a card inside notifying you that it was inspected.  They have a master key to unlock the suitcase if it's randomly picked.  Happy travelsSmiley Happy

Trusted Contributor
Posts: 1,268
Registered: ‎05-15-2014

Re: Checked luggage

@World Traveler  sorry I picked the wrong one!

Respected Contributor
Posts: 2,353
Registered: ‎08-28-2010

Re: Checked luggage

Yes.

Honored Contributor
Posts: 28,335
Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Re: Checked luggage

i get the TSA "love note" every.single.time. in my luggage.

 

i dont even lock my luggage anymore.

 

NO, it is not always RANDOM.

"If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow." - Arab Proverb
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Posts: 1,636
Registered: ‎12-05-2012

Re: Checked luggage

I purchased a web strap that is lime green and has the words "mine" printed on it. You put it around your suitcase (the long way....and through handles to keep secure) and latch it together. It is adjustable. Got it from Amazon.

Works great and we can spot our bags easily. Not very expensive either.

Regular Contributor
Posts: 210
Registered: ‎03-17-2010

Re: Checked luggage

We've done the same thing with the lime green straps so we can identify our mostly black suitcases on the carousel.  And we use the TSA approved locks as well.