I went to the local big department store this afternoon to buy a suitcase for an upcoming airline trip (I’ve flown many times before and after 9/11, each time with a locked suitcase when I checked it in). The clerk told me that TSA (the US Transportation Security Administration) may need to open any locked, checked suitcase. So if it does not have a TSA-approved lock – see http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/locks.shtm and http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/customer/claims/damagedlocks.shtm – then a TSA screener will do whatever to get inside the suitcase.
And so confirms Charter Member Rick in Air travel tips for the inexperienced.
The big store has many major-brand un-TSA-approved suitcases for sale. So, air travelers, do you have any suggestion for a durable suitcase that has either a TSA-approved lock or that stays closed and unlocked after being checked in? Or do you have any related info? Thank you.