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There are locks you can purchase for flights in the US that allow security to open if required with a master key therefore they wont break your lock off andare deemed allowed.
We found the best price for a pack of two of the special TSA locks at Sainsbury's. It's well worth buying these for travel to the USA.
Many thanks to you all for your most helpful suggestions. I will post a review when we return!!!
I was advised by the airline to use TSA locks for travelling back from Acapulco. However, they still broke my TSA lock and looked in my case. So it seems they make the rules up as they go along. O'Brien Southampton.
The last time I went through Miami (and it will be the last time!) we tried to check in with locks on cases
We were told that it would be best to remove them as they would break the case open if they wanted to see inside
That was a couple of years ago so things might have changed although frankly I doubt it.
I agree with the comment about Miami. Long queues, rude and arrogant immigration staff and a host of quite pointless procedures. Would never again go on a cruise that went from Miami.
Yes - only been through Miami once and swore never again! They didn't even allow you to use trolleys for your luggage, because they wanted to force you to use the porters!
I agree with "Roberts" of Chester. For a long time now we have had padlocks with the "TSA" mark on them. They are readily purchased at many outlets in the UK now and the only padlock accepted by US authorities. If you intend to travel to the USA it is imperative that you use these otherwise locks will be broken off and if you use none your insurance will probably be invalid. I will add though that the problem arises when leaving the USA not generally when entering it. I think you will also find that The Immigration Officials have toned down their act now and had a certain amount of the humour gene re-inserted, also we are no longer referred to as "Aliens", I remember being in trouble once for telling them that I was British not Johnny Foreigner. .....Neil.
If padlocks aren't appropriate you can also get luggage straps that go around your case and have the approved TSA locks built into them. I've just done a quick search on ebay (tsa luggage strap) and found 28 on offer to give you some idea of what is available. Hope this helps.
I flew back from Miami last Friday. We were advised by the ship not to put any locks on our cases. Although there was no mention of TSA locks we erred on the side of caution and did not put locks on in case we were pulled out of line. Being a bit of a sceptic I always assume that luggage locks really aren't that secure anyway so rarely use them. If there is anything that I am really paranoid about losing I put it in my hand luggage.
We didn't find the immigration controls particularly bothersome and only had to wait half an hour, and any official we dealt with was perfectly pleasant. Mind you, I live in Northern Ireland and got well used to such things travelling between Belfast and UK mainland at the height of the 'troubles'.