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Wordlock luggage combination lock
What it is: A combination lock that uses letters instead of numbers, allowing you to set whatever four-letter combination (a pet's name, a profanity) you want out of about 10,000 possibilities. Because the Transportation Security Administration has a key that will open it, you can use it for domestic travel without fear of having it cut off if your bag is inspected. And the contents of your bag should be safe, assuming the creepy guy waiting near the luggage carousel doesn't have the same TSA key.
How it works: You can spell any easily remembered word to use as a combination, which is much more convenient for the brain than a series of random numbers.
The good: The idea of creating a combination lock that one, lets you set the combination, and two, lets you use letters instead of numbers is brilliant. The directions are simple, and the combination is a cinch to change, taking all of 15 seconds. The locks are distinctive enough in the five color offerings to help you identify your luggage when it comes by on the carousel. Too, the hardened-steel case is rugged, and the lettered wheels for the combination are sturdy, yet easily moved.
The bad: Though the locks supposedly can be used at some airports in other countries, you can't be sure of where, so you may want to resort to plastic locking ties when traveling abroad. At least if security officials want to cut those off, you're out a matter of cents instead of dollars.
Available from: amazon.com, or you may find it at stores such as Ace Hardware, Sears, Target, TrueValue and Walgreens.
May 10, 2009