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Travel Sentry helps solve baggage handling issues for airlines, airports, security agencies and passengers.
We set the standards and provide the solutions to help ensure that baggage arrives without delay or damage.

About us

Travel Sentry sets global travel security standards in cooperation with airports security agencies and in partnership with the luggage and lock industry. We don’t manufacture locks or luggage and do not sell any products.

The Travel Sentry approved products including Travel Sentry® Approved locks, Okoban® by Travel Sentry , TS TAG, provide passengers and airlines alike the assurance that these have met our specifications for quality and comply with industry standards.

We license manufacturers & distributors of travel goods Industry who are able to meet Travel Sentry’s quality, technical & marketing standards.

For information about licensing, please see our Contact page.

We set standards that make travel simply smarter.


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Whether you need help with setting your combination on your TS lock or FAQs, you'll be sure to find the answer in our help section


  1. Jan, 2003

    The Transport Security Administration began advanced screening of 100% of checked baggage at all 452 airports across the United States. 

  2. Mar, 2003

    John Vermilye is the founder of Travel Sentry and the creator of the Travel Sentry® Approved lock system.. He has over forty years’ airline baggage operations and security experience. John was approached by the Travel Goods Association to help establish a standards based system that would permit passengers to once again lock their bags yet enable the TSA to open these as needed for inspection. The Travel Sentry System was born

  3. Nov, 2003

    The Travel Sentry System was launched in all airports and the first Travel Sentry Approved locks went on sale 12 November 2003

  4. Jan, 2004

    At 2004 Travel Goods Association annual tradeshow in Washington, the Travel Sentry System was recognized for the benefits it provided to the travellers, the travel goods industry & the Transportation Security Administration but also the forward thinking initiative between private enterprise and the public agency

  5. Mar, 2005

    For the first time, 10 million Travel Sentry® Approved locks were produced annually

  6. May, 2006

    Japan was the first country implementing the Travel Sentry system outside the US. Security officers at Tokyo Narita were able to open, inspect & lock Travel Sentry Approved Locks without the passenger present and without damaging the lock or the luggage

  7. Aug, 2008

    Okoban Service is launched

  8. Jun, 2012

    Okoban® by Travel Sentry is set up by John Vermilye solving the lost & found issue in partnership with World Tracer. Okoban creates a link between owners and their property, assigning unique codes to any item that needs to be protected from accidental loss. The system is part of the largest network of Lost and Found offices in the world

  9. Nov, 2013

    The number of Travel Sentry® Approved locks manufactured annually is up to 40 million by over 200 lock & luggage manufacturers all over the world

  10. Jul, 2014

    All Canadian airports, all Austrian airports and Ben Gurion (TLV) airport adopt the Travel Sentry system so they can open and re-lock passenger luggage that uses Travel Sentry® Approved locks when a physical inspection is required to clear checked baggage for safe transport

  11. Aug, 2015

    Security Officers at all finish airports and most South Korean and Dutch airports are equipped to inspect without damage luggage that uses Travel Sentry® Approved locks when a physical inspection is required

  12. Jun, 2016

    In depth checked luggage screening in most major airports in Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Togo and New Zealand is supported by the Travel Sentry system, allowing security officer to open and re-lock passenger luggage that uses Travel Sentry® Approved locks when a physical inspection without damage

  13. Jan, 2017

    One out of every two passengers today leaves from an airport using the Travel Sentry® Lock system: in 600 airports, in 16 countries, by 1.6 billion passengers annually, on 350 million locks, with more than 500 luggage brands

  14. Apr, 2017

    Travel Sentry is proud to introduce a new Corporate Visual Identity. All trademarks and logos, including the Red Diamond, have been updated to fit the company’s manifesto: we make travel simply smarter. A new website, marketing campaign and brand videos are launched to promote this new visual identity.

  15. May, 2017

    Beijing Capital International airport is now equipped with the Travel Sentry system. It is the number 2 airport in the world and welcomes 90 million passengers annually with flights to over 250 destinations. This implementation consolidates Travel Sentry position as the global solution for airport security agencies worldwide.

  16. Sep, 2017

    More than 500 brands have distributed more than 500 millions locks since the launch of the system in 2003.

  17. Oct, 2018

    We are very proud to now help the Federal government and police of Brazil in their baggage screening inspection.

  18. Nov, 2018

    With over 650 airports using the system in 30 countries: USA, Canada
    Panama, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, Norway, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Sweden, Latvia, Austria, Estonia, Switzerland, Hungary, Malta,Turkey, UAE, Israel, Togo, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Ivory Coast

The Global Standard for Travel Security

For 2 billion passengers annually

Every piece of red is a country or airport where Travel Sentry solutions are present.

October 2018

Use Travel Sentry® Approved locks when travelling to and from Brazil

We are very proud to now help the Federal government and police of

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