Nudge to keep airline baggage handlers out of your luggage

The Transportation Security Authority recommends travelers not lock their bags on the chance that they will be inspected. Of course, this increases the risk of theft. You could buy a specially TSA-approved lock or you could take the advice of an ingenious reader over at LifeHacker:

I use key rings to lock the zip of my check-in baggage and also to secure my carry on baggage. Advantage of using key ring is that it can be opened without a key! But at the same time it takes a small amount of time to get the ring out, this small amount of time is good enough to discourage anyone with malicious intent to try open the bag.

Hat tip: Donnie Hall

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  • http://www.thefaithheuristic.com/ Justin Martyr

    On the other hand, mightn't it signal that the bag is special? Perhaps the purloined letter approach would make more sense …

  • http://www.thefaithheuristic.com/ Justin Martyr

    On the other hand, mightn’t it signal that the bag is special? Perhaps the purloined letter approach would make more sense …

  • http://www.sannsllc.com Marvin S.

    While the key ring may take some time to open a suitcase, a simple ball point pen takes a few seconds to open any zippered suitcase and can be closed just as quickly. See this video on Youtube for proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5mvvZl6pLI

  • Benjamin

    I use the twisty ties from the grocery store. They're easy enough for TSA to cut, and strong enough to keep my suitcase closed while jostling around in the plane's storage compartment. Plus, they're free, and help make my bag more uniquely identifiable at baggage claim.

  • Benjamin

    I use the twisty ties from the grocery store. They’re easy enough for TSA to cut, and strong enough to keep my suitcase closed while jostling around in the plane’s storage compartment. Plus, they’re free, and help make my bag more uniquely identifiable at baggage claim.

  • Benjamin

    I use the twisty ties from the grocery store. They’re easy enough for TSA to cut, and strong enough to keep my suitcase closed while jostling around in the plane’s storage compartment. Plus, they’re free, and help make my bag more uniquely identifiable at baggage claim.