A decade ago, most of us locked our luggage during air travel. A quality lock almost always ensured that your belongings would arrive safely and securely, even if the suitcase had been slightly damaged during the flight.
Today, it is a different story. Although there are luggage locks approved by the Transportation Security Authority (TSA), can we always be sure that the baggage inspectors will have a master lock available to them? Your Travel Gossip has heard tales of travelers whose locks were cut or whose luggage was forced open for some reason while in transit. There have been even more stories of locks missing when the luggage is found at trip’s end.
If you do choose to use a lock (and perhaps you should consider taking extras just in case), be sure to get one that is TSA approved. How can you tell whether a lock is approved? It should have one of two logos: a torch similar to that of the Statue of Liberty or a red diamond.
Locks no doubt protect our luggage in waiting rooms, hotels, and on buses and are certainly advisable for use there. But are they useful when luggage is in the air? Perhaps.
What have been your experiences? Have you traveled to countries where your locks were cut or broken? Do you have a favorite TSA-approved lock?
Also read our page on Travel Safety Tips.