If you are travelling soon and you've lost all your TSA approved locks or maybe you travel regularly and you are tired of spending your money on expensive locks, you might be wondering if there's an alternative?
You can indeed put a zip tie on your luggage if you want and it can be a great extra way to deter thieves and keep your luggage secure in conjunction with or without a lock.
Down below in our guide, we've discussed in further detail why you should lock your checked luggage, which type of lock you should use for your luggage if items can get stolen out of your checked luggage and some dos/don'ts for packing a checked bag.
Using a TSA lock or even a zip tie when travelling is a great way to lock your checked bag for the period of time you are in the air.
We recommend locking your luggage when flying since it protects the bag from opportunistic thieves and makes it harder for security officers to steal items from your bag. It is also a handy way to make sure that your bag stays together by clasping the zips.
Having a lock or zip tie for your luggage is also important if you're keeping bags in luggage storage to keep them safe while you're away. The only downfall of locking your luggage is that even fancy luggage locks can be opened, especially combination locks for example.
When picking a type of lock for your luggage you should make sure it is TSA approved so that agents can be able to open your luggage with a master key if they need to undertake a second manual inspection on your bag.
However, if you can't afford these fancy locks, there are plenty of other alternatives which we will list below.
Despite you locking your checked bag, it is very possible that thieves can steal out of your checked bag, which is why you should never pack valuables in your checked bag.
Anything very expensive like laptops or certain jewellery we suggest taking in your carry on.
So an important thing for your checked luggage is to make sure that it's kept locked, but are there any other important tips for packing your checked luggage?
We've listed some great tips below.
If you are carrying valuables in your carry on or you planning to stow it above your head rather than under your seat then you should make sure that you are locking your hand luggage properly.
You never know what can happen to your hand luggage while you're sleeping on the plane, especially if it's got valuables packed inside. Do be aware that you might have to open your hand luggage for security inspection.
What should I do if something gets stolen from my luggage?
If something gets stolen from your checked luggage first report it to the checked airline, check the lost and found, file a claim with both TSA and the airline then contact your insurance if still not found.
What does a TSA approved lock mean?
A TSA approved lock will likely have a red dot at the end, this can be opened by a certain master key and allow security staff to get into your bag without breaking the lock.
Can an airline open my checked luggage?
Yes, an airline can open your checked luggage if you have packed any prohibited items or they set off the alarm and need a manual inspection, TSA will typically leave a note on your bag to say they have opened it.
To conclude, you can put a zip tie on your luggage for extra security when flying, although TSA might have to open the tie if they need to give your bag a secondary inspection when flying.
Putting a lock or zip tie on your bag is important to keep it protected from opportunistic thieves when flying, we would also suggest locking your bag when storing it in baggage storage too.