Polycarbonate is a thermoplastic that contains carbon. This plastic is unique as it is lighter than most aluminum luggage, is scratch resistant, and is less likely to crack during travel.
This type of plastic is used for a wide variety of applications including electronic components, construction, and even aircraft components.
Polycarbonate is known to be very durable. It is tested and designed to be temperature resistant, impact resistant, and scratch resistant. It is available in many colors including a transparent option.
Although you don’t want everyone seeing what you have, and it will still run through an x-ray machine at the airport, the transparent option will reduce any suspicion through security lines at the airport.
What is TSA LOCK®?
International treaties require all luggage to be security screened before loading onto passenger airplanes. Baggage security inspections often require luggage to be opened to complete the search.
TSA LOCK® is a global security system which allows passengers to lock their luggage, while permitting security authorities to inspect them without damage. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was the first security agency to use the system.
What does this mean for travellers?
When travelling to airports across the USA, Canada, Japan, Israel, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, South Korea, New Zealand and soon other countries, security agencies are equipped with tools that allow them to open, inspect and re-lock any items of luggage secured with TSA LOCKS without damage. These locks can also be used for travel to all other countries.
How do I know if my padlock is TSA accepted?
Simply look for the ‘Red Diamond’. Every lock that carries the Travel Sentry® Approved mark is accepted by the TSA and other security agencies.