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Should I Lock My Checked Bags?

Pointless or Point Taken: Drop Off Luggage Locked and Loaded?

While most luggage comes with locks and keys, admittedly they look like something a five year old could pry open with little more than a bobby pin. The locks aren't meant to keep everyone out — they need to be TSA approved regardless — but seeing this clasp can cause criminals to pass on the bag because of the sheer hassle and opt for an unlocked case instead.

For this reason, I could see the point that any sort of lock acts as a deterrent anyway while others could argue that the flimsy lock is pointless based on its security (or lack there of). Are you nitpicking at my logic that the ease to pick out and pick these locks doesn't matter or will you be picking them up only to toss them away in the future?

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insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I lock mine, but mostly to keep the bags from flying open when the luggage handlers throw them around.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I guess if someone really wanted to get into my locked luggage, they could, but I'm guessing they'd be more likely to break into an unlocked bag instead.
Allie14839476 Allie14839476 7 years
I never lock my bags but then again I always take carry-ons and I never let them leave my sight.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
I agree with the points GirlOverboard makes, but I don't have a lock nor do I have any idea where mine went.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 7 years
I prefer to use a lock for the same reason, personally. I mean, if somebody is determined to get in, they'll get in... but they'll be more likely to target the unlocked bag next to mine. Also I figure that, if nothing else, at least I won't have to worry about it somehow coming open on accident!
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