Bring Extra Luggage Locks

Luggage locksEach Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Elliot L., who says:

“On a recent flight, my locks were cut by TSA in a regular inspection. This left me with no locks for my bags on the return segment. Bringing a few extra little locks inside your bag for the return trip can be helpful and wise.”

Here are a few cheap lock options on Amazon. Thanks, Elliot—and to all our readers, happy New Year! See you in 2018!

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5 Comments on "Bring Extra Luggage Locks"

  1. If your locks come with two sets of keys make sure you keep them in separate places, and not in your luggage. I did that once! I misplaced the key in my handbag and couldn’t get to the other because my luggage was locked. I don’t make that silly mistake anymore.

  2. What’s the point of using TSA approved locks if they break them off instead of using their master key? Or maybe they are taking them off and not bothering to replace them? I’ve lost two locks that way. Last year I got home from a trip and tried to open my lock but the key didn’t work. I looked at it carefully and realized that they had replaced my lock with another one that didn’t even have a tumbler. I had to cut it off.

  3. i bring zip ties if i have to leave my luggage for a very short time on a train …..
    it is not easy for someone to grab your bag and run with a zip tie securing it to the rack

    just remember to have a small scissors or large nail clipper to cut the tie when you wish to retrieve your bag

  4. Guess whos TSA inspectors got bored an didn’t try to open the baggage with they’re Mastery Key and just cut the locks cause it’s easy this way

  5. Luggage safety is not just for the airport: pack your car’s roof rack or the back of your bike with peace of mind, with a set of bungee cords. These stretchy luggage straps come with a hook at one end and a loop at the other to keep everything in place, including camping gear and sleeping bags if you’re backpacking.

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