Larger suitcases within the National Geographic luggage collection feature an in-built weight scale - you can find instructions on how to use this function below:

  • Press down on the Power button 
  • Wait for three dashes to appear - - - on the screen
  • Then it will display numbers (this will be 0.0 if the suitcase is resting on the floor or another surface)
  • Lift the suitcase up from the top or side handle, and you should see number change from 0.0 to the actual weight
  • You should be able to see at the very bottom of the screen (under the numbers) either .lbs or .kg
  • You can change the weight metric by pressing on the 'UNIT' button


What is ‘TSA’?

TSA stands for Transportation Security Administration. The TSA is the US government agency that is in charge of airport security at all US airports.

What Are the Benefits of TSA-Approved Luggage Locks?

Keep reading to discover the reasons why you need TSA-approved luggage locks.

  1. Protect Your Personal Belongings. The biggest benefit of a TSA lock is that they allow you to provide more security for the belongings packed in your suitcase and the valuable items that are stored within. Additionally, these locks can help avoid an embarrassing situation—a TSA lock can also help hold your bag’s zippers together, so they don’t accidentally open while in transit. You also may want to use a lock while travelling on a crowded train or bus, and even during the day at hotels to deter theft.
  2. While ordinary padlocks should keep your valuables secure, they won’t always adhere to travel guidelines and regulations. You can be sure TSA locks will adhere travel regulations because they are approved by the TSA. At an airport, security officials have the right to search inside any piece of your luggage to ensure that it is safe for travel. If you use a non-TSA-approved padlock to keep your suitcase secure, the authorities may have to cut the lock off in order to access the inside of your luggage. With a TSA-approved luggage lock, the TSA will have a universal key to open the lock to check your bag and then re-lock it to ensure it remains secured.

Travel Tip: Not all security officers outside the U.S. have the same universal keys, so even a TSA-approved lock could be cut off if you’re travelling internationally.


How to Use TSA-Approved Luggage Dial Locks

National Geographic suitcases feature a TSA dial-lock combination to secure your suitcase, featuring three dials, with hundreds of possible combinations.

Travel Pro Tip: Note down your combination (and keep it in a safe location) once it’s set, so that you have a reference if you ever forget it.

For TSA-Approved Locks - use 000 to open for the first time, and then set your own code - search online e.g. Youtube - for tutorial videos on how to do this. 


Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Do TSA Locks  Come with a Key? National Geographic TSA-approved luggage locks do not come with a key. The TSA will have a universal key to open the lock to check your suitcase, and then re-lock it to ensure it remains secured throughout its journey.
  2. How Do You Reset a TSA Lock? Unfortunately, if you forget the combination to your TSA dial lock, for security reasons there is no way to reset a TSA lock to factory default settings.