Top Rated Luggage with Built-In TSA Locks

Luggage with TSA mounted locks can provide peace of mind

by Art and Dianna

When we travel, we're always concerned about the security of our checked in luggage. Using TSA-approved locks makes us feel more secure. However, those dangling locks can sometimes break off on the conveyor system or fall off during transit if TSA agents don't lock them correctly. These concerns led us to look at luggage with built-in TSA locks.

All of the following hard side luggage have integrated TSA locks and are well rated by frequent travelers.

American Getaway 3-piece Hardside Spinner Luggage Set with TSA Lock

Travel light with this incredibly lightweight, fully-lined 3-piece luggage set that easily glides from one location to the next on its 360-degree wheels, which instantly change direction as you dart through busy tight spaces. The hard side construction puts allows your belongings to arrive safe and the TSA lock helps your belongings arrive as intended, allowing you stress free travels.

The American Getaway 3-piece set comes in the following sizes

  • 30" Upright - 30 in H x (13 to 15 in W) x 20 in L - 12.6 lb
  • 26" Upright - 26 in H x (11 to 13 in W) x 17 in L - 10.4 lb
  • 21" Carry-On Upright - 21 in H x (9 to 11 in W) x 14 in L -7.8 lb

Samsonite Luggage with TSA Locks

Samsonite produces several hard side suitcases with mounted Travel Sentry locks, which are accepted by airport security worldwide. Each of the following luggage lines come with a 10 year global warranty.

Samsonite Pixelcube Spinner Luggage

Samsonite describes this luggage design as "cool and funky. " We certainly agree that it's unique and will easily be spotted on any crowded airport conveyor belt . It's also made of high quality, impact-resistant Polycarbonate and features many of the details that makes a Samsonite luggage highly desirable for frequent travelers. Four multidirectional spinner wheels provides excellent navigation over smooth and rough surfaces. Comfortable and lockable handle that allows for simple pulling or pushing through busy airports. The Samsonite Pixelcube Spinner Luggage comes in the following sizes:

  • 20" Carry On
    Dimensions: 20" x 14" x 9"; Weight: 6.4 lbs
  • 26" Medium Size
    Dimensions: 26" x 18" 11"; Weight: 9.74 lbs
  • 30" Large Size
    Dimensions: 30" x21" x 12"; Weight: 12 lbs

Samsonite Bright Lite Spinner Luggage

Samsonite tackles the traveler's need for lightweight luggage to offset rising airline charges with a colorful and stylish line of luggage. Available in pink, blue and black, these affordable impact-resistant luggage are functional, a good value and will be easy to spot on crowded conveyor belts. Featuring four multidirectional spinner wheels, the luggage rolls effortlessly even under a heavy load. The rounded handle can be adjusted to fit a variety of heights, giving you greater control when navigating through airports. The Samsonite Bright Lite line comes in the following sizes:

  • 20" Carry On
    Dimensions: 20" x14" x 8"; Weight: 6.6 lbs
  • 24" Medium Size
    Dimensions: 24" x 17" x 11"; Weight: 8.2 lbs
  • 29" Large Size
    Dimensions: 30" x 20" 15"; Weight: 10.2 lbs

Heys Luggage with TSA Locks

Heys USA Luggage has been in the business of making lightweight, durable and fashionable luggage since 1986. Their luggage with built in 3 digit TSA locks follows this tradition. Each of the following luggage comes with the Heys 7 year worldwide "Better Life" warranty.

Heys Britto Luggage Collection

Probably the most unique and striking luggage on the market today, this collection features artwork from renowned pop artist Romero Britto. Definitely luggage that you'll easily spot in the airport. The luggage comes in 4 distinctive art themes: A New Day, Palm, Butterfly, Landscape Flowers and Landscape. The collection includes 3 spinner uprights using an innovative smart wheel system that allows for greater control in tight areas. Heavy duty zippers and comfortably cushioned handle grips rounds out this well-constructed and high quality collection. The Heys Britto luggage collection is a favorite of ours and sure to bring a smile to those who see it.

The spinner uprights include the following sizes:

  • 22" Carry On
    Dimensions: 22" x 14" x 9"; Weight: 6.7 lbs
  • 26" Medium Size
    Dimensions: 26" x 18" x 10.5"; Weight: 8.8 lbs
  • 30" Large Size
    Dimensions: 30" x 20" x 11.5"; Weight: 11 lbs

We provide a thorough Heys Britto Luggage review on this website.

Benefits of TSA locks on your luggage

If you travel frequently, chances are your luggage will undergo a search. All luggage these days are screened by the TSA and if something suspicious is seen, an agent will open your bag to physically inspect the items in your bag. The TSA agent will insert a piece of paper notifying you that it has been searched.

Many people will bind their luggage with a nylon strap or a standard lock. These will be cut when the TSA examines your luggage, leaving your luggage content vulnerable for the rest of the journey. TSA locks help prevent this. TSA agents have a master key that will unlock approved locks. When they are done examining your luggage, the bag can be locked again by the agent. Unfortunately, locks have been known to break off during transit, again leaving your luggage content vulnerable.

TSA mounted locks can provide further peace of mind. Physically mounted to the luggage, the lock will be more secure and easier to relock. As with most TSA lock brands, an indicator is located on the lock to show if your luggage has been opened.

More information on approved TSA locks can be found on the TSA website.