Who knew just how creative TSA agents could be?  Regular readers know we traveled over the Thanksgiving weekend to visit friends and play some golf in southern California.  Little did I know that the friendly TSA agents at LAX would throw a new curve ball at us.

When we arrived home, I began unpacking my wife’s golf travel bag, only to discover that the TSA lock I’d used was re-locked after TSA inspected it – but the agent only locked it on one zipper tab.  This approach, although highly decorative, isn’t terribly effective.

This evening, I unpacked my golf bag.  When I looked at the travel bag’s main zipper, the TSA lock was missing altogether.  Sweet! As I pulled out my clubs, I found it in the bottom of the travel bag.  Uh, thanks, TSA!  This is just another example of why everyone’s such a big fan of you guys!

I realize TSA locks aren’t the world’s most secure, but I use them to provide a little extra deterrent to baggage handlers who are looking for an extra wedge, windshirt, or ball markers.  This is a brilliant plan, but for it to actually work, the TSA agents have to actually re-lock the locks after their inspection!

In any event, everything looked to be ok, so no harm, no foul, I guess.  This is the first time this has ever happened.  I hope it’s also the last.

By the way, if you haven’t seen the SNL video the image above is from, click on the image – it’s pretty funny.

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4 Comments on Stupid TSA tricks: hey Mujumbo, re-lock my bag!

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  2. Michael W. says:

    Hey better than theft. I lost a pocket knife in transit last trip, probably in Taiwan when my luggage didn’t make it on my plane in time (our flight into Taiwan was severely delayed and I was lucky the airline held the connecting flight).

    Oddly enough because my luggage didn’t make it on the plane, when it arrived in Thailand it got securely shrinkwrapped by the Thai delivery company to prevent that type of pilfering.

    Remember you can’t lock EVERY part of the bag.


  3. jason chu says:

    how about when you leave your bag unlocked and TSA decides to inspect it …. when they are finished they lock it and you dont have the key… I called TSA at their customer support center and they told me they would take a note of the problem but that they could not advise me as to what to do… that someone would get back to me in 3-5 business days… are you serious? airport TSA (we went back) were not helpful. they were afraid we stole someone elses bag


  4. Jamie says:

    After recently flying, I found that the TSA had opened my locked luggage (has built-in lock) and didn’t re-lock it using the TSA key. As a result, my luggage lock is permanently in the unlock mode. Looks like I’ll have to purchase a master TSA key to allow the built in lock to be functional again.

    I’m not sure why it’s sooooo difficult for the TSA to just re-lock my bag after checking it. The answer seems quite simple to me…just laziness on their part. I really don’t care if TSA rifles through my bag….just take the 2 seconds and re-lock it!


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