How Do You Lock Your Suitcase?

I was wondering how you lock your suitcase when going on a cruise? Do you leave it unlocked? Do you use a TSA lock? Do you use a plastic tie?

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18 Answers

I think that the locks we use have universal keys... Are those the TSA units?

We use TSA locks, although you can't really lock luggage anymore. Locks don't come with luggage like they used to.

I use TSA locks if I fly to the port. When I go to my local port I carry on myself so I do not bother with locks.

Screw locking your bags. They are going to be opened regardless. A bigger and better lock means you have something of value in there.

Simple answer is that we never even considering locking our cases. Is TSA an American term?

We don't lock our luggage because we do not put anything of value in it. The valuable stuff (e.g., laptop, tablet) is in carry-on. A quick google search on TSA provides the answer to your question Ewoodspark. It is a federal agency for transportation safety in the US.

Besides the attached combo lock, if the zippers align and have that loop, I run a tie wrap ( cable tie ) through it. I also wrap shrink wrap around our luggage. The kind you get for moving. JFK used to have a kiosk that would do it for $3 / bag. An added advantage to that, is if we have several bags, they always end up together. I pack a small spool for the trip home.

I usually only use the built-in suitcase lock (if available) or a small TSA lock for the zippers. I realize it won't keep out thieves (actually, nothing will keep a thief out), but it does help keep the cases closed during the gentle handling of the baggage handlers.

Yes, the airport personnel should have keys to open them if they need to do so. But, this is only for US airports.

"Gentle" handling of the baggage handlers. How funny! I think that they take pride in throwing suitcases around. I know that the TSA locks aren't any safer than using nothing but it makes me feel better using them. Sometimes they are missing on my bags when they arrive at my destination. I think perhaps that they also have fun knocking them off as well. I am thinking about using plastic ties instead now.


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