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I understand if you travelling in or to the US, you can lock your luggage using the TSA Luggage Lock. (Immigration is still able to open your luggage using their own special keys)

How about Europe? Especially Heathrow + Charles de Gaulle?

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If the TSA Lock is not acceptable in Europe, are there any other alternative precautions I could use instead?

(FYI, information about the TSA Lugguage Locks)

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The only possible difference is that in the EU, they may not have the TSA keys. Therefore it just becomes like a normal lock that you have the keys for and they don't. So worst case, they may flag the bag for inspection and require you to open it for them.

Indeed in Europe you're still allowed to lock it with whatever lock you want, so it's perfectly acceptable to attach that, a standard padlock, a combination lock, or any other kind of lock.

If they want to inspect it and can't locate you (in the queue or by paging you) they will simply cut the lock off. Unfortunate, but not the end of the world, and you certainly won't get into trouble.

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Mind that if they can't find you, they're quite possibly going to assume you checked the bags and left the airport, which makes the bags even more suspect. –  jwenting Jun 18 at 6:52
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In my experience, airports in the EU are a bit less strict with locks. I have seen several items of baggage that have normal little padlocks on them, not these fancy "approved" locks.

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