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If you're flying but want to make sure your belongings are kept safe, a TSA approved lock is the way to go. These locks bear a Travel Sentry logo and open with a special key that only the TSA has, just in case they need to search your bag. Otherwise, the only person who can access your luggage is you. To find the top locks, we asked our readers to vote for their favorites, and the results are in. These are the 10 best TSA approved locks for 2023.
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No. 10: Swiss Gear TSA Key Lock
The Swiss Gear TSA Key Lock has a steel shackle that fits through the majority of zipper pulls and sliders, making it a nice choice for a luggage lock. Made of tough plastic, the lock comes in four colors: black, blue, red and pink. An accompanying key means there's no need to remember a combination.
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No. 9: SureLock TSA Compatible Travel Luggage Locks
With a SureLock Luggage Lock, you'll be sure to keep your luggage and belongings safe. This combination lock is equipped with a 4-inch cable, allowing for flexibility in what you secure, as well as a pop-up indicator to let you know your baggage has been opened and searched.
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No. 8: Lewis N. Clark Travel Sentry Bar Lock
The bar shape of the Lewis N. Clark Travel Sentry Bar Lock sets it apart from other similar locks. Combine its unique shape with its steel cable and you have a 3-digit combination lock that you can use just about anywhere.
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No. 7: MYPIN Fingerprint Lock
Step into the future with the MYPIN Fingerprint Lock, a keyless option that allows you to open a lock with your biometric data. Add up to 10 authorized fingerprints to be able to share the lock with family or friends on your next trip.
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No. 6: Lumintrail 3 Digit Combination Lock with Cable
The Lumintrail 3 Digit Combination Lock comes with a 4-foot steel cable, allowing you to secure bags to each other or to a fixed object, or secure zipper pulls. The lock also comes in three colors – silver, black or red – making for easy bag identification.
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No. 5: Forge Dimple Key Locks
Forge claims to make "the toughest luggage locks around," and they back that up with a lifetime guarantee on their products. Patented internal mechanisms that include a hardened steel tumbler system will help you rest easy, knowing your luggage is safe. Plus, every lock in a pack shares the same key, enabling you to carry just one key to open multiple locks.
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No. 4: TUMI Alpha TSA Lock
Sleek and effective, the TUMI Alpha TSA Lock requires a 3-digit combination to release. Its simple clasp design easily slips through zipper pulls to secure your belongings.
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No. 3: Anvil TSA 4 Digit Locks
The ease of setting your personal combination makes the Anvil 4 Digit Lock extra appealing. In just 20 seconds, you can twist and push the shackle and rotate the dials to your preferred security code. The steel shackle and zinc alloy body make this lock tough enough to handle a rough trip.
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No. 2: AirBolt The Portable Smart Lock
With the AirBolt smart lock, there's no need to worry about forgetting a pesky combination. You can simply release the lock using the AirBolt app on your smartphone. Even better, the lock is trackable, which means your luggage is trackable. To top it all off, just one battery charge lasts up to 12 months.
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No. 1: Talonport Keyless TSA Approved Luggage Lock
The unique Talonport Keyless Luggage Lock is all-metal, making it extra durable. The lock releases by inserting one of the four accompanying cards, which you can carry in your wallet – much easier to keep track of than a regular key.