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Security and Luggage locks
When travelling it is important to be able to lock your bags knowing they are not going to be tampered with. There are many high profile cases involving luggage tampering which have seen travelers get into quite a bit of trouble. One of the highest profile cases is Schapelle Corby. Schapelle claims she travelled from Australia to Bali with her boogie board. But when she arrived in Bali her boogie board had been replaced with a large quantity of drugs. Schapelle received a 20 year prison sentence for drug trafficking. If Schapelle had have had a high quality travel lock, maybe no one would have tampered with her boogie board bag and she would have avoided an Indonesian jail.
Luggage Locks with keys
A good lock with visability
Luggage locks are available in many different colors to match your luggage. It also makes the lock and luggage easier to identify as yours when traveling.
A secure lock on your luggage will make a would be thief think twice before trying to open your bags. If your luggage has a high quality lock installed and opposite is a bag with a lesser quality lock or even worse, no lock at all, the thief will probably take the easier option.
If you are traveling in the USA. It is advisable to make sure you use TSA approved luggage locks. The TSA in America need to be able to open your locks for inspection. If your lock is not able to be opened by the TSA there could be damage done to your bags as the TSA can cut your bag open to check its contents. I dont know of any other country that does this. Most times bags are checked at airports and you open your bag for customs if needed. Having the TSA able to open your luggage could cause all sorts of issues. Just ask Schapelle!
Combination travel locks
Keyed Alike and Combination Locks
You can buy travel locks with keys from a locksmith in keyed alike groups. It can become a nightmare if you were to have all separate keys, so having a single key for all your luggage is a good idea. Just make sure you put it in your pocked before you leave.
Combination locks are a good idea for the traveler. There is no need to carry a key at al which can get lost. A high quality combination lock can take a long time for someone to work out the code. The harder it is to crack, the better the chance of them giving up.