TSA Approves Two Models of Locks for Checked Baggage
By Pamela Wilson
Due to security measures that require federal access to checked bags, most
people do not lock their luggage when traveling by air. Some feel this leaves
their luggage vulnerable. But the Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) notes that it has approved two models of luggage locks. Lock models
certified by either Travel Sentry or Safe Skies are compatible with TSA
standards and allowed on luggage onboard aircraft. TSA authorities have
access to special tools for unlocking these locks and will relock suitcases
“TSA has worked with these two companies to develop locks that provide security, yet allow for quick access by TSA screeners,” said TSA Spokesperson Chris White. “For individuals who wish to lock their luggage, we encourage them to use these locks.”
White notes that a small percentage of checked bags are opened. Only bags that have been physically and electronically inspected by TSA officers and determined to be suspicious will be opened, he said.
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