TSA Built In Lock Instructions
The American Transport Security Administration (TSA) is required by law to inspect all checked baggage. As part of this process, some bags are opened and physically inspected. If the TSA officer was unable to open your bag because it was locked, the officer may be forced to break the locks on your bag. If you have TSA approved locked the officer will use a master key to open locks and inspect case. Note our site will clearly state which luggage pieces are clearly fitted with TSA locks. Tosca also sells these locks separately in the travel accessories section. The above laws are applicable in the USA only.
How to set the lock:
- Q- My lock did not come with a key?
A- You do NOT receive a key with TSA locks. The Keyhole on your TSA lock is for TSA personnel ONLY. It allows them to open, inspect and re-lock luggage if neccessary. This applies to passengers arriving and/or connecting to the United States.
- Q- I forgot my lock combination, how can I open my lock?
A- You cannot reset your lock combination without knowing the original combination you had set. You can buy bolt cutters to break open your lock - but there is another more simple solution if you have 15 minutes to spare. Simply try all the possible combinations from 000 - 999 ( 000, 001, 002, 003 through to 999) It may sound like a tedious task, but it should only take you 15 minutes to go through all the numbers - and it will save you from breaking your lock. So its the best solution if you forget your combination code. Try it out instead of breaking your lock and having to buy a new one.
- Q- What is the benifit of a TSA lock?
A- This applies to passengers arriving into the USA and connecting to other flights, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires access to air passengers' luggage for security screening in the USA, sometimes without the passenger being present. To allow luggage to be locked for protection against theft, the TSA has approved certain locks, identified by a logo on the locks. TSA personnel can open and inspect your luggage and then relock your luggage with these TSA locks as they have special tools specific to TSA Locks in order to do so. If TSA screeners need to inspect your luggage and you do not have a TSA Lock, then they may break your Lock to inspect your luggage and then from that point on, your luggage will remain without a lock, rendering the lock you originally placed on your luggage, useless.