Travel Sentry

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Travel Sentry
Founded 2003
Headquarters Durham, New Hampshire, USA

Travel Sentry is an organization that establishes and manages standards used in travel security, including the so-called "TSA Lock" concept used by the US Transportation Security Administration.


Travel Sentry was founded in 2003. The first locks manufactured to the Travel Sentry Approved standards went on sale on 12 November 2003, distributed by Brookstone. Initially, only key and combination padlocks were manufactured using this standard. In 2004, Samsonite developed the first luggage with integrated TSA locks.

As of 2014 there are 300 million TSA locks and luggage in circulation.

TSA Lock[edit]

Travel Sentry Approved mark

Travel Sentry developed the TSA Lock system, that is "accepted and recognized" by the TSA and allows security agencies, using special tools and codes, to open and re-lock locks. The tools provided by Travel Sentry are at every luggage screening checkpoint at all 450 airports controlled by the TSA.[1]

The Travel Sentry system is used by other security agencies, including at Canadian Airports controlled by CATSA[2] and at Tokyo's Narita and Haneda Airports. It is also used by the customs agencies of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and New Zealand.

The system is licensed by over 500 companies worldwide: primarily luggage brands, lock manufacturers and distributors of travel goods.


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