While it’s understandable that travelers want to lock their TSA Travel Size Baggage to guard their personal belongings, it’s also important to know that TSA officers must be ready to inspect baggages and contents when the necessity arises. That’s where TSA recognized locks are available .
Each passenger may carry liquids, gels and aerosols in TSA Travel Size Baggage containers that are 3.4 ounces or100 milliliters. Each passenger is limited to one quart-size bag of liquids, gels and aerosols.
In order to make sure the safe transportation of travelers, TSA screens all checked and carry-on baggage before it’s permitted to be brought onboard commercial aircraft. Technology generally enables us to electronically screen bags without opening them, but there are times once we got to physically inspect a bit of bags . TSA has worked with several companies to develop locks which will be opened by security officers using universal “master” keys in order that the locks might not need to be cut. These locks are available at the most airports and lots of travel stores nationwide. The packaging on the locks indicates whether or not they are often opened by TSA.
In some cases, TSA officers will need to open your baggage as a part of the screening process. If your bag is unlocked, then our officer will simply open and screen the luggage if any item alarms. However, if you opt to lock your checked baggage and TSA cannot open it through other means, then the locks may need to be cut. For soft-sided baggage, this process won’t damage your zippers or zipper pulls. TSA is careful to not damage any personal belongings, however, we aren’t responsible for damage caused to locked bags that has got to be opened for security purposes. Again, that’s where the worth of the recognized locks are available . Please note that if a politician does got to open your bag, a “Notice of luggage Inspection” are going to be place in your bag.
While our officers may need to cut locks from time to time, it’s not the sole reason your lock might be missing or damaged. Locks, along side your baggage, also can be damaged by airport conveyer belt systems as shown below:
Image describing how locks can get pinched between conveyor belts and broken off.
The image below may be a collection of 244 locks pulled from under an airport baggage handling conveyer belt where the 2 belts close . These were collected over a period of 1 month at a replacement York Airport.