Are There Travel Luggage Brands Favored by the TSA?

Posted by Jay Louineaux on
Daily News

If you’re traveling in the United States and if you have come across the TSA, you probably don’t have fond memories. Chances are you really took exception to the way they handled you. For people who are very big on personal independence and autonomy, the worst way you can insult or threaten that person is to put your hand on them.

You will definitely feel your personal space getting invaded. While it may not be as awkward and degrading as your next proctological exam, it can come quite close. The TSA can always justify their actions as necessary for the ‘safety’ of the United States. You know this is true. Most people can agree on this.

It doesn’t matter how seemingly non-threatening or benign it is. It’s still going to be viewed as some sort of threat or unwarranted intrusion. That’s how touchy some people could be and that’s fine. Everybody’s different. Different strokes for different folks.

Other people are very touchy feely. They can’t help but hug total strangers. That’s fine as well. But if you want your next interaction with a TSA to be as smooth and flawless as possible, it’s probably a good idea to lug around luggage that’s very easy to open and close.

In other words, you need to be as compliant with the whole TSA screening procedure system as possible. Unfortunately, a lot of people are clueless regarding this. So they lug around clunky luggage that takes forever to open. What do you think will happen there?

Well, your interaction with the TSA will take longer than necessary. If you thought you were insecure or irritated at a TSA personnel before they even laid a hand on your luggage, wait until you go through that excruciating process.

It’s as if they’re on your face the whole time and it gets really annoying really quickly. So to minimize the likelihood of that situation from happening, do yourself a big favor. Get suitcases that make it easy for you to go through the TSA screening process.

It seems easy but there’s a lot more to this piece of advice. You have to be proactive. You can’t just automatically assume that any luggage you get online would do its job and make your next TSA screening experience a breeze. If only that were the case. It hardly works out that way if you use the wrong luggage.

Please understand that this doesn’t mean that the TSA has it in for some brands over others. Instead, they look at the overall design of your luggage and tie this into the possibility of security issues or other threats. Like it or not and agree with it or not, everything goes back to security.

Please understand that the TSA doesn’t have an approved list of luggage brands or models. Instead, just look for suitcases that are known for durability and also easy use. This way, you don’t have to hassle about long waits at the TSA processing system.

Of course, it’s a necessary evil that they have to pat people down. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be like a long and excruciating ordeal. If you have anything to do with it, you can plan ahead and make sure that you lug around the right kind of baggage that are easy to screen, easy to open, easy to close and easy to move along. That should be your goal.

So with that said, brands that have those qualities include Tumi. The great thing about Tumi is its spinner wheels are so flexible that it doesn’t feel like you’re carrying a bag around. Also, it’s made out of a shell construction that is very easy for x-ray machines to process.

So unless you are carrying cocaine, marijuana or some other contraband, you don’t have anything to worry about from the TSA. This carry on luggage is also very easy to open thanks to its well designed zipper.

It is no surprise that a lot of busy travelers prefer the Tumi brand. They have a long product line. So you’re sure to find a model that is right up your alley.

Another brand you should look into is actually a well known brand. I am, of course, talking about Samsonite. Samsonite made a name for itself when it ran commercials featuring an angry gorilla throwing around a Samsonite luggage.

At the end of this extremely long period of pummeling, thrashing and bashing, the luggage was open. Lo and behold, everything was intact despite all that excruciating punishment. This is what made Samsonite famous.

To its credit, the Samsonite brand has evolved with the times. It knew that TSA screening procedures can be a hassle. It knows that people really don’t want to deal with all the hassles of the TSA. So they made adjustments to their design.

Now, Samsonite luggages, regardless which type and which design, are intended for easy screening. There are no parts that obscure the x-ray image when your luggage is going through the screener. This way, the TSA personnel processing you can quickly scan on the screen, look at you and wave you on.

Pretty straightforward, painless and definitely drama free. So if you’re looking for an uneventful experience with the TSA at your local airport, do yourself a big favor. Get the right luggage.

This is not guaranteed because a lot of people may foolishly pack stuff they shouldn’t be carrying around. But if you are a responsible person and you prepare ahead, you don’t have to worry about TSA issues.

A little bit of advanced preparation can definitely go a long way as far as your piece of mind goes. You might want to get a Samsonite luggage set or look for the many competing brands out there that offer products that look suspiciously similar to Samsonite luggage.

There’s no shortage of these competing brands. In fact, some of them have been around for a very long time. Try these if your budget can’t swing a set of Samsonite luggage. Don’t ever get caught flat footed again with the TSA!