As part of its new bag screening policy, the Transportation Security Administration
is asking airline passengers not to lock their luggage. The policy, which begins
December 31, requires checked luggage to go through large bomb-detection machines.
If the alarm is triggered, the bags will require a hand search during which permanent
locks will be replaced by tamper-evident temporary plastic tags in order to expedite
the new screening policy.
Screening personnel are to place a card in searched baggage to indicating a search
was performed, and attach a second, different-colored plastic tag when done.