Luggage lock

Security vulnerabilities of luggage locks
– Luggage locks have small shackles that can be easily clipped using bolt cutters.
Pin tumbler locks used in luggage locks usually have only three or four pins, making them susceptible to lockpicking.
– Luggage locks can be opened with simple tools like a bent paperclip.

TSA acceptance of certain locks
– The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires access to luggage without the passenger being present.
– TSA has accepted certain locks that they can open and relock to allow travelers to lock their luggage.
– TSA recommends using TSA-accepted locks as other methods require force to open for inspection.

Travel Sentry as the standard for TSA-accepted locks
– Travel Sentry sets the standards for locks accepted by TSA and approves each design.
– Locks with the Travel Sentry identifying mark (red diamond) are accepted by TSA.
– Some TSA-accepted locks have an indicator that turns red if opened by a master key.

Use of master keys by authorities
– Luggage locks accepted by TSA can be opened by authorities using universal master keys.
– Images of the master keys were left unsecured on the Travel Sentry website, making reproduction easy.

– ‘How to open TSA luggage locks’ video on YouTube.
– TSA Travel Tips Tuesday: TSA Recognized Locks on the Transportation Security Administration website.
– ‘Lock’ section on the Travel Sentry website.
– Archived PDF from Travel Sentry on the Wayback Machine.Sources: