We bought some for our upcoming cruise and was wondering if we should wait and put these on after we get our luggage back from the airport. The airlines are not supposed to cut these but I was wondering if anyone on this board has used these.
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Carnival Legend 2002
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when they first came out the screeners weren't familiar with them and they treated them like regular locks and cut them, but now that they have been around awhile, the screeneers are becoming more familiar with them and they know how to unlock and re-lock them. If you are going thru a major airport you should have no problem.
These "TSA Approved" locks are nothing more than a bunch of locks that all have the same key that works on them and are not worth much as a lock for anyone that really wants to get in your bag. It is much safer IMHO to simply use those plastic cable ties. If these4 TSA folks want in your bags they will cut them off and you will immediately know if it has been opened. You can check for any theft and then replace the ties. Sorry but I just believe in keeping it simple.
The locks are fine. The last 2 times we have traveled, you stand right there and watch them check your luggage, and they put them back on. However, we went to Mexico and they had never heard of TSA locks.
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I've used them twice and had no problem. My husband's bag was checked and they relocked it. Mine is a TSA combination lock.
I don't know how much of a deterrent it really is, I use them more to make sure my suitcase stays closed, not because I think it'll keep someone from stealing something if that's what they're bent on doing.
I have used these locks on 10+ trips with no problems. I've heard that foreign airports do not have the keys to them. I agree that if someone really wants to get into the bags they will. But with the zippered bags, it gives peace of mind that they will stay closed and keeps honest people honest