Transport Security Administration

Yale Travel locks introduce you TSA-recognized locks

TSA is the Transport Security Administration of the USA. TSA-recognized locks incorporate a security system from Travel Sentry® which enables security personnel to examine the contents of your luggage without forcing your lock or damaging your bag. Your bags can then be re-locked and sent quickly on their way. Yale TSA Locks® all incorporate Travel Sentry® technology for peace of mind on the move.


Following stricter travel regulations in the US imposed in 2001 it was stated that security officials should be able to open any checked in luggage traveling to, from or within the US. In 2003 Travel Sentry® launched a system of locks, TSA Locks®, which are recognized and accepted by the TSA allowing people to lock their checked in luggage. Today tens of millions of travelers use their Travel Sentry® Approved locks when travelling to, from and within the USA. Travel Sentry® locks are officially recognized both by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the US and by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the U.K.

Here is the Travel Sentry Success Story for your further understanding:

In January 2003 the U.S. government mandated that all checked baggage would have to remain unlocked to facilitate inspection; that is until the inception of the Travel Sentry system. The standard created by Travel Sentry, and now used by virtually all major lock and luggage companies, was created to solve the dilemma that passengers want to lock their baggage yet need to give access to government security screeners.

Born out of cooperation between the travel goods industry and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Travel Sentry was almost instantly the “must have” travel accessory. Accepted and recognized by the TSA, as well as her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in the U.K., Travel Sentry locks are available as key or combination padlocks, belt straps, or as locking latches integrated into suitcase frames.

The locks are different from previous luggage locks in three essential ways:

1. Each lock carries the distinctive Travel Sentry red diamond alerting security agents that they can open these locks without breaking them;

2. Each lock carries a special code, which identifies to the security agent how to open the lock;

3. And each lock has a built-in override device, which is used to open and relock baggage without damage.