The fight against terrorism is very important. No more so than when you’re getting on an aeroplane. Yes indeed – it might be a bit of a pain queuing up at the airport but it’s a better option than bits of you and your flying coffin dropping out of the sky and inconveniencing the people below….
The Americans take this particularly seriously. Well, after the twin towers you can see why but, in their usual hamfisted way, they haven’t thought it through properly.
The Transportation Security Administration x-rays all your bags before they’re loaded, but sometimes they need to look inside as well. That’s not unreasonable. But on the other hand it’s a bit of a bother if the case is locked. But then again if you don’t lock it, it’s another security risk. So they’ve come up with a really elegant solution.
You can buy a TSA Lock for your suitcase. This is really really secure because the TSA officials can use a universal key to open the lock and look inside your case and then just lock it up again. If they didn’t tell you, then you’d never know the case had been opened.
Naturally this is really, really secure because terrorists and drug smugglers would never ever be able to get hold of one of these keys.
So next time you’re lying into Thailand with a half kilo of heroin in your bag and are sentenced to death for smuggling it into the country, they’ll never accept your plea that it was shoved into your suitcase without your knowledge somewhere in the States because these TSA locks are just so, so secure it would be impossible.