Did TSA steal my TSA locks?

tsa lock
Last year in July on a trip to the Pacific Northwest the locks on my checked bag were cut. A friend advised me that I needed to purchase TSA-approved locks that only TSA could open with a key. So I bought two locks from Amazon.

I then traveled to Yellowstone and the Grand Tejons in September with my TSA-approved locks and all was well.

The end of January 2017 I flew to Little Rock, Arkansas. I was so tired when I arrived at the hotel I didn’t notice anything amiss. But the next morning, after a good night’s sleep, I realized my TSA locks were missing.

Now, I am not accusing anybody. BUT supposedly those TSA locks can only be opened by TSA employees. Hmmmm….

I don’t even know how to go about filing a complaint. I changed planes in Dallas but I believe once my bag was loaded on to the plane in LAX it would not have to go through security again. So I can only assume that the theft occurred at LAX.

Is there a black market for TSA-approved locks? Are they being sold on E-Bay???

Has anybody else had a problem with their locks being stolen?

It’s a pretty scary situation if the people who are supposed to protect us are the ones stealing from us. I don’t feel safe anywhere anymore.

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2 thoughts on “Did TSA steal my TSA locks?

  1. Jill Weatherholt February 9, 2017 / 3:54 am

    That is scary, Roslyn. Are these locks expensive? Driving is looking better and better these days.


    • RMW March 19, 2017 / 5:52 pm

      Not expensive expensive, but expensive enough. As a friend of mine commented, don’t even bother with locks because they are just a joke.
      I always carry my camera gear on board with me anyway, and the rest is replaceable. Sad.

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