DIY TSA Keys Now Online

Want to open a TSA-compliant lock? Turns out that’s not so hard thanks to a mistake and some follow-up fun from tinkerers. The Washington Post published a photo of the master keys online briefly. Even after the photo was deleted the proverbial cat was out of the bag. Someone else made a CAD file allowing the keys to be reproduced on any 3-D printer. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Of course, this doesn’t really matter all that much. The locks were never about providing real security and there is no audit trail or documentation of when a bag is searched or of who did the searching. But it is another bit of embarrassment for the agency online. Oopsie.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.