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After four flights to and around America this Easter break I have seen my fair share of luggage. After each flight I would wait there with both children running circles around me (boyfriend pretending he didn't notice the madness) and see a number of suitcases go by that had been opened for inspection. These cases were normally resealed with cling film and some of them had to be broken into. Before leaving for our holiday I went onto Amazon and ordered 2 packs (4 locks) of TSA (Transportation and Security Administration) approved luggage locks. These are special because they have a code on the bottom of them for airport security staff. Staff will see the code and then look into their books to find the corresponding code to open the lock thus no need to break in!
With the lock open and turned away from the lock press down and input the desired code. When done release the lock and your code is saved. Your code will need to be on the side to open or close the lock. To close press the locks hook into the lock and rotate the numbers. Easy as 1 2 3, but make your code and little better then that please.
Buy from Amazon a pack of 2 for £5.99.
Available in pink, blue or with four dials if you so wish to have an extra bit of security.
* Allows American TSA security personnel to examine luggage without damaging the lock or suitcase.
* SEARCHCHECK indicator turns from green to red if the TSA code has been used to open the lock.
SEARCHCHECK worked really well. We already knew by the note taped to the case but the green dot had gone red on one of our cases. The reset button for the indicator is on the underside of the lock and like most reset buttons you'll need a sharp pencil or something similar to press it.
When travelling as a family use one combination! I locked mine and the childrens bags and left my boyfriend to do his own. I told him the code I'd used assuming he'd use the same code. He instead picked his own code and forgot it at the other end. Thankfully he'd entered it into his mobile phone so no huge problem.
Definitely recommend this product if you are travelling to the States.
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