The first thing most people do to secure their luggage is to invest in an expensive luggage lock. That is seen as the most common sense thing to do. But the question is, how secure is that lock? The truth is that these locks are not secure.
Now because luggage locks are not secure, it means that your luggage isn’t secure. How is it that people still buy these locks? Well, we’ll venture into exactly why these locks are not secure, and the false sense of security they offer travelers.
What Security Does these So-called TSA Locks Offer?
The shackles can easily be cut using cheap cutting pliers. The lock cylinders are easy to pick and don’t require much skill, and the schematics of the master keys for these locks are vastly available to the public. So, all these locks offer is an illusion of security.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of these TSA locks is that the TSA can open your bag without permission. So, that means your lock will not be cut, and that’s something that many travelers report.
TSA approved locks are also a tad bit better than using a zip tie. It offers the same amount of security, but most newbie criminals can’t get through the lock.