All U Need 4 Travel: Just what is the TSA and what is a TSA lock?

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Just what is the TSA and what is a TSA lock?

We sometimes get asked what a "TSA lock" is. Well it's the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which is an agency of the US Department of Homeland Security responsible for security in all modes of transportation in the United States.

The TSA is allowed to open and search air passengers' luggage for security screening in the US. It is allowed to cut open, destroy, or otherwise disable locks during a search. This is obviously a bit inconvenient if its your baggage that they chop up!

Therefore, the agency has sanctioned two companies to make padlocks, lockable straps, and luggage with built-in locks that can be opened and relocked by tools and information supplied by the lock manufacturers.

TSA agents have these tools, as do certain authorized security agencies such as UK Customs (so not just important if you are going to the US). This means that your locks can be opened, the contents checked and the whole thing reclosed without them having to resort to slicing through your favourite bag and leaving your undies exposed on the luggage carousel!

We sell a range of TSA sanctioned products including the straps and locks.

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