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Preventing Luggage Theft With Safe Skies TSA Locks



In the old days, your luggage would come with these crappy little locks, and you’d feel somewhat secure. But after 9/11, the TSA banned locks, saying that they needed to screen your luggage for “security” purposes. Sucks, but what can you do?

Simple.. Don’t pack anything valuable in your suitcase! Seems obvious, but plenty of people still do this. And lately, we’ve been hearing more and more about luggage theft, even pointing the finger at some rogue TSA agents.

Laura Ingraham had $11K of jewelry stolen from her suitcase, and suspects the TSA might have been involved. And two TSA officers were arrested at LAX on suspicion of stealing from passenger luggage a few months back.

A couple was recently arrested with 1000 stolen luggage cases! Think about it, when’s the last time anyone checked your luggage tags when exiting the airport? Never happens.

So how do you protect yourself?

Safe Skies TSA Locks. If your luggage is secured with a normal luggage lock, airport security will clip the luggage lock. But if your luggage is secured with a Safe Skies TSA Lock, your luggage lock will not be clipped. Your lock will be re-locked once the security inspection is complete. The Safe Skies TSA lock is the luggage lock for the global traveler.

At $14.95, I look at it as cheap insurance. Sure, if someone wants the contents of your bag bad enough, they’ll find a way. But the visual deterrent will scare away 99% of thieves – Much like The Club did back in the 90s.. 🙂

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, the definitive men's lifestyle blog, and he's one of the biggest car enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."



  1. checked baggage TSO

    August 29, 2011 at 2:15 am

    We do have our bad apples. They tend to get caught in short order. However, not all thefts is TSA related. Please be aware that checked baggage passes through many hands hired by the airlines before you re-united with it. Not to mention the occasional jerk that steals from the carousel.

    I like the Safe Skies locks. More reliable mechanically in my opinion.

    Some other sage advice, please keep all your valuables in your control. (i.e. in your carry-on)

  2. frequent traveler

    January 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

    i bought a few TSA locks a couple of years ago. all 4 are now gone as a result of the TSA not putting it back the last couple were simply broken off the handle. i believe the TSA hate them because it slows them down and is routinely doing this to discourage the use of them.

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