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Old 06-24-2005, 09:55 AM   #1
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I noticed a few weeks ago (and just before my last trip) that EMS had some new (new to me anyway ) locks that you can use to lock your luggage when checking it on a flight. It is a special lock that allows TSA to use some universal tool to open the lock should they decide to search your lugage. They can then re-lock the lock when completed so your luggage will be locked up for your flight. The lock has an indicator that is green when you lock it via the combination lock, but if it gets opened by security with the tool, it will show red.

I thought this was a cool little lock, as it at least it gives some luggage protection while still allowing security to search bags as needed. Of course, once all of the smart thieves get their hands on the lock tool used by TSA, their won't be much security, but it least it would stop some degree of casual theft.

I did use it on my trip and my luggage was never searched (or rummaged through by a thief with a tool.... ). The lock's indicator remained green the whole time.

I am not sure if other country's security teams can open this or not. My experience has been that very few other countries search bags regularly anyway, so it is likely not a problem.
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This is a great piece of info dude! Can we get a link for these locks?
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www.travelsentry.org, KCL is the company that created the standard.

Eagle Creek and just about any other travel gear company out there make 'em. www.ebags.com carries them, too.
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I got 2 of them for $8 each at REI for my backpacking trip. They also are good for walking around to prevent thievery. I also used them in hostels when there was lack of lockers. They are great little things are worth the money. Mine were Eagle Creek brand since I have an Eagle Creek bag.

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UPDATE.....I think someone forgot to tell the folks at TSA they were supposed to use a tool to open these special locks OTHER THAN A PAIR OF BOLTCUTTERS! On my last trip my 'TSA Approved' lock was cut off and my bag arrived in Hong Kong without the lock. (This is the first time I realized 'Angry Guy' has been replaced by 'F-You Guy'...Cool!) $8 down the drain. That's the end of THAT experiment!
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i bought a grip of these little plastic one time use locks that work really well. Might want to try those out.
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I always carry around an extra pair of bolt cutters, you never know when you might see some fancy little TSA approved, entry detector lock.
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