The best travel locks

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The best travel locks
Travel locks can help protect your luggage from thieves. (lock image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com)

When travelling via airline, whether domestically or internationally, help protect your checked luggage from luggage handlers or other individuals who may try to break into your bags. While a travel lock may not stop the most dedicated thief, it may slow him down or divert him from your bags. Locks come with keys or number combinations, and it is important to choose a dependable lock approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

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REI KeyCard TSA Lock

Using a key card instead of a key or combination, the REI KeyCard TSA Lock helps travellers who easily lose small lock keys or forget combination numbers. It features a U-shaped bolt large enough to fit onto your luggage, and opens with a card that can easily fit into your wallet. It is approved by the TSA, which has its own version of the key card to open the lock and inspect your bags if necessary. The lock is made of zinc alloy and it comes with two key cards.

Prosafe 750, by Pacsafe

The Prosafe 750, from Pacsafe, is another key card lock that does not require remembering a combination or holding onto a small lock key. This lock is also approved by the TSA, and if you lose both key cards that come with the lock, you can order replacement cards from Pacsafe using the included key card code. The Prosafe comes in either yellow or black, and is made of zinc alloy.

Boomerangit TSA Luggage Lock, Safe Skies

Safe Skies' Boomerangit TSA lock offers a unique peace-of-mind feature -- an individual serial number and worldwide ownership database that allows the company to operate a global lost-and-found service to return lost or stolen bags. The return service is free of charge. Boomerangit is TSA-approved, and you can see if your bag has been opened by the small security window on the lock. If someone has inspected or opened it , the window changes from green to orange.The lock is available in green or red, and is opened with a set of keys.

Searchalert by Prestlock, CCL Security Products

Searchalert locks also feature a window that shows whether the lock has been opened. The colour changes from green to red. A traveller whose lock has been opened without a TSA notice of inspection inside the luggage can file an immediate police report. They will know that the bag has been opened by a non-TSA employee. The lock opens with a three-number combination set by the lock owner. Searchalert locks are TSA-approved.

Wordlock LL-206-RD 4-Dial Luggage Lock

The Wordlock LL-206-RD features a combination lock with four dials to operate. However, instead of just numbers to remember, the dials come with both numbers and letters, making it easier to remember the password combination. Words tend to be easier to remember than numbers, but with over 10,000 possible combinations, the password is safe from thieves. The Worklock is TSA-approved, and is made out of steel for ultimate security. It comes in several different colours.

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