Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by wallace (20 Oct 08 00:46)

It is true that they would appear to be easily opened but unless you use them so many insurance companies will not cover your belongings. One thing you can try is alongside these locks to use a plastic tie, like the self locking ones used around pipes, then at least you can see if the cases have been tampered with. Officially the only people with the master keys are the TSA themselves but of course we know this not to be true. Still better to have them than not. ... Neil .

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Carnegie - replied to Neil & Ida Down (20 Oct 08 10:53)

Sorry for my ignorance but can you tell me what is an American TSA lock. Our cases have the numbered locks on them we set ourselves. Took my neices who had normal key and lock cases abroad one time Not a cruise though and gifts she had bought and I helped her pack went missing too it could only have happened at the Airport as thats where someone could have got the chance to open the case then lock it again.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to Carnegie (23 Oct 08 19:41)

A TSA (Transportation Security Administration) lock is one that is approved by the Transportation Security Administration. It is a lock which has a red trianle on it with the letters TSA on it and must be used when going to or from the USA. If normal locks are used they will often cut the lock off or destroy the fastening. They have a master key which will fit all of these locks and you will have an individual key or set of numbers to open only yours. Hope that is clearer than mud. Neil.

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Carnegie - replied to Neil & Ida Down (24 Oct 08 08:48)

Thanks very much for explaining, I dont think I have noticed those locks before but maybe I simply was not looking so next time I will certainly have a look to see if I notice any. But at present I have been to very many countries with my numbered locked cases and have been fine (touch wood) only problem I have had is when I have to fly from Heathrow my case gets lost but get it back within 48 hours so always put half mine and half my husbands clothes in each case to make sure if one goes missing the other will at least have a change of clothing in it.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to Carnegie (25 Oct 08 15:47)

My pleasure. These locks are only necessary when flying in and out of the USA and maybe Canada, not sure about Canada, and I apologise ...I said a red triangle when in fact it is normally a red diamond shape often incorporating the letters TSA but that is sometimes found on other parts of the padlock. .... Neil.

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Carnegie - replied to Neil & Ida Down (25 Oct 08 23:09)

Thanks again Neil we find your advise really helpful as we travel a lot we find your advise really helpful.

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