Master Lock TSA Luggage Lock Failure

| September 26, 2014 | 1 Comments

I’ve been using a Master Lock luggage lock on my bags ever since I started carrying an SBR or PDW around. As I wrote about before, the idea is to keep unwanted people from rustling around, not to keep thieves out.

After about 20 months of use, one of my locks failed catastrophically:


The braided cable broke away from the locking pin.

In order to open the lock you have to pull directly on the part of the cable where the pin is mounted. To lock it you have to pull on the cable. It’s no surprise the lock failed here; the repeated opening and closing of the lock probably stressed the metal fibers in the cable untilĀ snapĀ no more lock.

This happened at the end of the work day and not the start, so I didn’t have to worry about people getting into my stuff.

Luckily I have a backup, but I may try different locks. The requirement is that it needs to be easy to open (no dials) and that the shank has to fit between two zipper pulls.

Any suggestions?


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  1. A Fan and Viewer says:

    The only secure option when traveling via commercial air is a Pelican-type case with a Medico lock.

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