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Travel Forums General Talk locking checked luggage

1. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 8y

I'm taking a bike case on a trip...ok dont ask, but I am. When i check it can I still lock it or these days does it have to be openable? I think I already know the answer, it just makes me nervous to know someone could get at it if it should get lost in the layover.

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

I can't speak for airlines originating from other countries, but for the US carriers, you have two choices:

1) Leave the case unlocked for possible inspection
2) Use a TSA recognized lock

The TSA information can be found here. Basically, the TSA has worked with lock companies and they offer locks that allows the security personnel to use a master key to open them. That's not to say they will actually lock the case again when they finish the inspection, but it is an option.

3. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 8y

Quoting Isadora

I can't speak for airlines originating from other countries, but for the US carriers, you have two choices:

1) Leave the case unlocked for possible inspection
2) Use a TSA recognized lock

The TSA information can be found here. Basically, the TSA has worked with lock companies and they offer locks that allows the security personnel to use a master key to open them. That's not to say they will actually lock the case again when they finish the inspection, but it is an option.

Ah yup thanks.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Quoting Isadora

Basically, the TSA has worked with lock companies and they offer locks that allows the security personnel to use a master key to open them. That's not to say they will actually lock the case again when they finish the inspection, but it is an option.

I was going to suggest the same! Just be careful when you set the lock--you only have 1 chance. I mussed mine up and had to throw the thing away.