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Bali Airport To Use TSA Master Lock To Improve Security For Tourists

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Bali Airport is one of the busiest airports in South East Asia.

I Gusti Ngurah Rai International sees tens of thousands of passengers every day, all of whom are traveling to experience the Island of the Gods in one way or another. 

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Leaders at Bali airport are on a mission to ensure that safety and security standards remain world-class to help keep the island and travelers safe.

Airport officials have announced that starting on 15th March 2024, they will introduce the use of TSA master lock keys; however, they will only be usable for TSA-standard baggage.

Tourists looking to take advantage of this safety feature can check if they are using a TSA-approved lock by looking for the ‘Red Diamond’ and the ‘Travel Sentry Approved’ mark on the lock itself. 

The TSA Lock is a globally recognized security system that gives travelers peace of mind by allowing them to lock their luggage for travel and allow security officials to inspect their luggage without causing damage to the lock or case.

This is a system first used by the Transport Security Administration of the United States of America. 

The TSA Lock system is now used in airports across North America, Japan, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany and more. As of the 15t March the system will be in use at Bali Airport too. 

@universaltravellermy Travel worry-free with these easy steps on how to set the TSA lock 🔒 #universaltraveller #UTmoments #luggage #tutorial #discover #traveltiktok #fyp ♬ original sound – Universal Traveller Official

Bali Airport says, “Starting 15th March 2024, the use of Travel Sentry Approved (TSA) Master Lock will be implemented at #BaliAirport.”

“TSA Lock functions as a global security system that allows passengers to lock luggage while providing security authority and the ability to inspect it without breaking the suitcase’s security.”

The statement continues, “If there is a suitcase that is suspected of carrying items whose contents are not permitted to be carried on a flight, it will be opened by Airport Security personnel accompanied by an Airline Security Officer without the need for the passenger concerned to be present.”

@travelsentry Didn’t know you could lock your checked bags? Neither did @almostcaptainmorgan, but you can, and you should lock your bags using your Travel Sentry TSA lock. #travelsafety #travelsentry #tsalock #betterlockedthannot ♬ original sound – Travel Sentry

Bali Airport concludes, “The entire process is carried out in accordance with the provisions and is well documented and only applies to suitcase owners with the TSA Standard logo.”

This security upgrade is a timely one. Just last week tourists were urged to keep a close eye on their belongings at Bali Airport after an online taxi driver was caught stealing a backpack from a new arrival.

Thankfully security operators and the police were able to track down the theft, who had only managed to escape around the corner from the domestic arrivals pick up area where he had taken the bag.


Tourists are reminded to report any incidents of theft or suspicious activity to the security officials at Bali Airport.

Although rare, there are opportunistic thieves operating throughout Bali Airport. It has to be said that police at Bali Airport have generally had high success in locating stolen items if the loss is reported as soon as possible.

I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport Area Police Chief AKBP I Ketut Widiarta, confirmed to reporters that the thief remains in police custody and has been charged with theft. 


Bali Airport, like all businesses and public services on the island, closed for Nyepi Day at 6 am on the 11th of March, and the airport will open again on the 12th of March at 6 am.

The first flight of the day is the Citilink domestic flight to Praya, which will start at 7.10 am. The first international flight of the day will depart for Manila in the Philippines at 8.35 am.


It is important to note for those traveling to Bali Airport on 12th March that ceremonies and festivities will still be taking place across the island.

The Mandara Toll Road will not open until 7 am on the 12th March.

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Mr Bear Snr

Sunday 17th of March 2024

Given the number of people over the last 25yrs who have found suspicious packages in the cases at their hotel after coming through Ngurah Rai. They've disposed of them immediately, away from the hotel. Upon returning they've discovered someone has been in their room going through their yet completely unpacked cases.

Wayan Bo

Thursday 14th of March 2024

👮🏼‍♀️: TSA key available for $ 1.98 on AliExpress including free shipping 🤣


Wednesday 13th of March 2024

PS. If anyone was trying to evade or avoid detection it beggars belief they'd use these locks


Wednesday 13th of March 2024

There is no extra security for the luggage owner. If anything it heightens risk from potentially corrupt officials or theft by those who have obtained (which will happen) the master key/code. It won't stop anyone from busting the lock and stealing your stuff.


Wednesday 13th of March 2024

Security Upgrade? How is allowing employees of the airport or the airline to open your suitcase while you are not there a security upgrade? A perfect example of saying something while meaning the opposite. I’ll put a lock on my suitcase they can’t open unless it is broken, at least I’ll have evidence of the crime.


Friday 15th of March 2024


Any mildly competent locksmith can open most locks without damaging them. Read some of my other posts...It's an advertorial to help flog the locks.