Here are 3 ways to ensure your luggage are well-packed and secured.
1. External master key
Speaking of the most affordable luggage lock, an external master key which is worldwide known as the most wallet friendly prices but yet still have some disadvantages. The cheapest one you can find is about 1$, but they are relatively simple, low security locks. The shackles have a small diameter and are easy to be clipped by using bolt cutters or similar equipment. Luggage locks with a pin tumbler lock usually use only three or four pins. Such feature makes them very frail and easy to be broken, even with tools such as a bent paperclip. However, there is a wide range of quality of luggage locks. You could buy the one from a good supplier with better quality (and higher price). Lockers with Travel Sentry identifying mark (a red diamond) are accepted by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration). This type of locks requires access to luggage without the passenger being present. The airport’s security can open and re-lock it conveniently without having to break the lock.
2. Travel sentry 3 dial combination Locking luggage strap
The other most common used item to secure your luggage is this 3 dial combination Locking luggage strap. With affordable prices and effective performance, the strap is applied by users around the world. This strap works by wrapping around luggage, both side from top to bottom or from left to right side. Not only this strap will keep your suitcase closed and add the extra security of a combination lock, but it also allows TSA inspectors to open your luggage without destroying the lock and has an indicator window to let you know when they do. Each Locking Luggage Strap has a special TSA code which is used by inspectors to open the Strap with secured tools and re-lock it after inspection. Whenever they do, the window will changes from green to red when the Locking Luggage Strap has been opened by TSA. Another advantage is that you find your suitcase a lot more quickly when you reach your destination as the strap’s color will make it easier to recognize your suitcase.
3. Luggage tracking device
This luggage tracking device usually comes in a palm-sized plastic device that slips discreetly into your duffel bag or suitcase and updates the owner on its location via an app, SMS, email or the website of the brand you bought. You can set up customized text and email notifications or view location pins via Google Maps. You can keep tracking on your luggage at anywhere your phone works, rather than rely on battery draining GPS.
Luggage tracking device relies on a quad-band GSM chip and triangulation, which allows it to last up to two weeks on a fresh pair of AAs battery, which are generously included in the packaging. The Luggage tracking device is more costly the other tools as you can follow up your luggage footprint. This device is most likely the most secured luggage security item but also one the most expensive ways to secure your luggage.