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Super easy to pick and the master keys are easily obtained by anyone.

 

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Right, but it's the only one you're allowed to fly with, and at least you're not the absolute lowest hanging fruit.
Actually, it is not. ;)



 

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Actually, it is not. ;)



Actually, that's not what the link you provided says. A TSA lock isn't compulsory, in fact you don't need to lock your luggage at all unless it's a firearm and the link explains that. You can lock your bag with whatever lock you want, have at it. If TSA for some reason flags your piece of luggage for search they have a master key for all locks, bolt-cutters. They will cut the bolt, or in case of a locked latch, they will break the latch and leave a friendly note inside your luggage apologizing for breaking your lock. There were some airports where TSA screened checked luggage outside of the SIDA area, then threw them on a conveyor belt. You could stay and watch. Also, if you're traveling with pets as checked luggage you had to remove the animal and let TSA send it through the X-Ray machine. Depends on the airport, but it's been a while since I have seen the screening of checked bags outside of a SIDA area.
 

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Actually, that's not what the link you provided says. A TSA lock isn't compulsory, in fact you don't need to lock your luggage at all unless it's a firearm and the link explains that. You can lock your bag with whatever lock you want, have at it. If TSA for some reason flags your piece of luggage for search they have a master key for all locks, bolt-cutters. They will cut the bolt, or in case of a locked latch, they will break the latch and leave a friendly note inside your luggage apologizing for breaking your lock. There were some airports where TSA screened checked luggage outside of the SIDA area, then threw them on a conveyor belt. You could stay and watch. Also, if you're traveling with pets as checked luggage you had to remove the animal and let TSA send it through the X-Ray machine. Depends on the airport, but it's been a while since I have seen the screening of checked bags outside of a SIDA area.
I never said you have to use a lock. I'm merely pointing out, if you are going to use a lock (especially for flying), don't use a TSA one because they are terribly insecure. ;)
 

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I watch this guys videos occasionally. There isn't many (or any) locks that he can't get through in minutes.
I guess they are just there to keep the honest people honest.
 

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I know how insecure they are - but I wouldn't say "never" use them. I don't check a bag, but I will occasionally use one of those TSA locks to keep someone walking next to me from simply unzipping a compartment on my travel-backpack and sneaking a hand in. They're awfully good at it, especially in Europe. Just another layer, even if the bag never leaves my side.

If I ever decide to check a bag, yeah, wouldn't use one of those. In fact, I would probably not use a lock at all. Nothing good in my bag anyway except my cheap clothes and a lock just says "something good inside" even when there isn't.

A cardiologist I once knew had this nice Mercedes in the office complex lot. He asked if I would do him a favor and put a few textbooks in there on my way out. I said "Sure, where are your keys?" He said, "You don't need a key, doors are unlocked and unless it's raining, the window is open. If they steal the car, I have insurance and I don't want to pay a deductible if they smash a window to 'smash and grab'. Nothing in there anyway."
 
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Super easy to pick and the master keys are easily obtained by anyone.

TSA lock is not meant to protect your contents, it's meant from your luggage from suddenly unzipping and spilling crap all over the place. Hell, most sub $50 locks are very easy to pick.

Whenver I was shipping sources I would use S&G 951g or m padlock. The commercial version has a different core from the military/government issue core, but the outside is the same. The lock could resist being shot with 50 AP round.
 
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I don’t use TSA for firearms. Those luggage handlers like to “borrow” stuff.
 

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This is just common sense when traveling. Never put anything valuable in a checked bag. Never put anything you absolutely need in a checked bag. Never put anything irreplaceable in a checked bag. Always assume that the airline is going to lose your checked bag for at least 2 days (put a spare change of clothes and all of your toiletry items in your carry-on on your outbound flight; this isn't necessary when returning home unless you don't have spares at home).

If they really lose the bag for good, you'll get reimbursed, and you can shop for replacements, but you generally won't want to do this on the day of arrival or the day after arrival.
 

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I don’t use TSA for firearms. Those luggage handlers like to “borrow” stuff.
Reminds me of this video

-- Double Post Merged: --
As they say, anything is only as strong as it's weakest link.

 
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Reminds me of this video

-- Double Post Merged: --
As they say, anything is only as strong as it's weakest link.

Airports are a cluster. Guys that travel a lot with firearms see some crazy crap.
 

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I went to Portugal last year and I used these to help secure my bags.
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On the left is actually for keys, clip the zippers together and turn the black plastic to lock them in place. The right is from Red Ox, it's just a small cable that screws together. There's nothing that would stop a thief if he really wants in, these would slow them down.
 

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