It is really important that you lock your suitcase when travelling, especially via aeroplane, as this will prevent the case from opening whilst being loaded/unloaded therefore making sure all of your belongings reach their destination safely.
TSA Approved Locks
Occasionally, when luggage is inspected before being loaded onto a plane, it needs to be opened by staff at the airport - no matter whether your case is locked or not.
TSA approved locks allow airport security agents to open your suitcase using a special tool, meaning that they do not have to force entry. This means that they can then easily inspect your luggage and re-lock your suitcase without any unnecessary damage.
All TSA approved locks contain a Red Diamond - a universal symbol which allows you to identify if your suitcase lock is TSA approved.
Some suitcases come with built in TSA approved locks - it is important to check if your case has one of these to save you having to purchase an additional lock before travelling.