Briggs & Riley TSA Cable Lock

Last updated date: February 21, 2020

DWYM Score
8.4


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 36 expert reviews, the Briggs & Riley Briggs & Riley TSA Cable Lock placed 11th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 9, 2020:
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Expert Summarized Score
8.2
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
44 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
If the Briggs & Riley Travel Basics (about $13) looks heavy duty, that's because it is. But it’s also fairly lightweight and very simple to use. The code can be reset whenever you wish, so you never have to worry that prying eyes have seen the combination.
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From The Manufacturer

This lightweight TSA accepted combination cable luggage lock is ideal for securing zipper compartments on checked or carry-on luggage.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Sure Lock TSA Compatible Travel Luggage Locks
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 5
2. Anvil TSA Approved Luggage Cable Locks
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Forge TSA Approved Travel Luggage Key Locks
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
4. Desired Tools TSA Luggage Combination Locks
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Zhovee TSA Combination Luggage Lock
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 1
6. TravelMore TSA Approved Travel Combination Lock
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Master Lock TSA Accepted Combination Luggage Lock
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 2
8. BV TSA Approved Luggage Travel Combination Lock
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
9. Master Lock TSA Approved Luggage Key Lock
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 3
10. Fosman TSA Approved Luggage Combination Locks
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 1
11. Briggs & Riley TSA Cable Lock
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 2
12. Master Lock TSA Approved Luggage Lock
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On TSA Locks

All checked luggage is screened by the TSA before it is loaded on to an airplane. If a suitcase seems suspicious for any reason, an agent will open it up to review its contents. Since you won’t be with the suitcase at the time of the screening, the agent needs a way to get into the bag. That’s where TSA locks come in. Agents are able to open these locks. Anyone who opts to go with a traditional lock risks having the lock cut off if the TSA agent decides to take a peek inside.

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There are two types of TSA locks. You can opt for a key lock or a combination lock. Key locks can be opened rather quickly, but if you lose your key, you won’t be able to open your luggage. Individuals who tend to misplace items regularly may want to go with a combination lock instead. You will, of course, need to memorize your passcode to open the lock.

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If you do opt for a combination lock, you may want to go with a four-digit lock instead of one with only three digits. A four-digit lock is 10 times harder for thieves to crack, as there are over 10,000 possible combinations.

Always review the lock’s construction material. It needs to stand up to harsh handling. Bodies made of a zinc alloy are strong and durable. Look for stainless steel cables and internal mechanisms, as they are resistant to rust and won’t freeze up in cold temperatures.

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Another feature associated with TSA locks that you’ll want to keep an eye out for is an indicator button. This button pops up when a TSA agent uses their key to open the lock. There are also models that require the TSA agent to relock the device before they can pull their key back out. That ensures your luggage continues to be protected as it heads to the plane.

DYWM Fun Fact

After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the Department of Homeland Security created the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The TSA’s job is to make sure individuals could safely fly from one airport to another. In addition to screening every passenger, the TSA is responsible for screening luggage.

Travelers may wish to use a lock to secure luggage that is going to be out of their sight. Not only does a lock keep the contents of the suitcase from falling out, but it also deters thieves from opening the bag and removing valuable items. If a TSA agent wants to check your luggage, however, you can’t have any old lock on it. You’ll need to have a TSA approved lock, which the agent will have a special key for.

The TSA Lock Buying Guide

  • Although TSA locks will deter some thieves, it is possible for anyone to use a wirecutter to remove them if they really wanted to get into your bag.
  • Combination digits that are tiny and shiny are hard to read quickly. You’ll want to look for models that have white numbers with a contrasting black background.
  • You can use TSA locks on more than just your luggage set. They work great on gym lockers, briefcases, golf bags, book bags and gun cases.
  • If you like a little pop of color in your life, you’ll be excited to learn that TSA locks come in bright colors like orange, blue, purple and green.
  • TSA locks are pretty inexpensive, and you’ll find prices vary by only a few dollars. You can expect to pay slightly more for the Desired Tools TSA Luggage Combination Locks than the Sure Lock TSA Compatible Travel Luggage Locks, the Anvil TSA Approved Luggage Cable Locks and the Forge TSA Approved Travel Luggage Key Locks, as it offers a four-digit combination instead of a three.