Make your own TSA universal luggage keys


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2015/08/21/make-your-own-tsa-universal-lu.html


#2

years ago, when a friend left his keys on the dash of a locked car, the locksmith made a copy manually by looking at the key…


#3

It’s pointless to lock your luggage even with TSA approved locks. 9/10 they just cut them off anyway and it really does nothing to deter thieves (who more often than not are TSA employees).


#4

Good thing it’s the FBI that wants master encryption keys because I’m sure they’d keep them sooooooper safe and never ever accidentally leak them like this.


#5

The only thing a TSA lock is good for is keeping the zipper from opening on its own initiative until they cut it off.


#6

Another justification for never flying unless there’s a time sensitive situation and there’s no other option.

The entire industry is focused on dehumanizing everyone that uses it, for what? Getting somewhere else faster? Doesn’t seem worth it.


#7

This is a sneaky article about leaving encryption back-doors for the NSA/FBI … or everyone should understand how they are related.


#8

Do we not know the pen-in-the-zipper trick that makes the locks irrelevant?
That’s the money move.


#9

That one labeled TSA001 looks like you’d need a bobby pin, paper clip or some other such sophisticated device to pick it.


#10

Now when a thief gets your bag home they can carefully make a key and not decrease the resale value of your luggage.


#11

Many original keys have the pin number engraved on the face of the key. If you can read that you don’t even need to guess.


#12

Why bother picking it at all? A set of confiscated fingernail clippers could cut it off


#13

I actually mistakenly locked the key into my luggage one time. Because the key and lock were labeled so clearly, I was able to go to the local K-Mart and buy a new lock with the same key pattern to unlock my bag.

And yes, I understand that the article was a metaphor.


#14

If I did make myself a set of these keys, would I be breaking any laws?


#15

My suitcase was made in 1938, and I don’t have a key to lock it with. But I don’t think my smelly socks are worth that much to the TSA. Unless there are agents who delight in smelly socks.


#16

Even if it is illegal, it is illegal only if you get caught.


#17

They could always try using them in a drug deal.


#18

Speaking of zippers… Why are so few suitcases available today with something more robust than a zipper as the sole closure?

I went shopping for a new suitcase (full-size, checked baggage) yesterday, and nearly every suitcase available had only zippers, no latch. Most models available offered a “control panel” that locked the zippers in place with a TSA-compliant lock.

I prefer a suitcase that is resistant to the “bic pen” trick. Even if the TSA prevents me from locking it when flying, there are other situations where a functional and tamper-evident lock is preferable.


#19

Newer TSA locks have a mark that appears when it’s been opened and requires the combination to reset so not totally undetectable anymore.


#20

I am pretty sure its actually Allegory.