Saturday, December 22, 2012

GIVEAWAY: Master TSA-accepted Locks allow less luggage worries for Holiday traveling - ENDS 12/29 (CLOSED)

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Master Lock Provides Tips for Travelers to Keep Safety and Security a Priority...

Tis the season where seeing friends and family becomes the number one priority. As people travel home to be near their loved ones, Master Lock wants to encourage everyone to be safe, and not sorry.

To keep your home and family secure during the holiday season’s hustle and bustle, Master Lock offers the following tips to help travelers keep safety top-of-mind:

Keep that lived in look. In 2010, more than 1.8 million homes were burglarized with 400,000 of those burglaries taking place between November and December. Making the home appear active while away can discourage potential break-ins. Set a timer for both inside and outside lights to switch on and off and turn a radio or TV on to create the illusion that someone is home. Hold your mail deliveries at, and contact your other providers to stop newspaper and package drop-offs while you’re away.

Toast don’t post. Resist the temptation to update your social network accounts with travel plans to avoid having the news of the unoccupied status of your home fall into the wrong hands. Instead, spend that time in the company of friends and family toasting to health and happiness, and wait to post photos of holiday fun until you
return home.

Check (Twice) Before Travel. Before departing for a holiday destination, check the schedules and status of your flight, train or traffic route to stay aware of delays, bad weather and other potential changes. Checking in on the status of your method of travel will guarantee you are prepared for any delays and keep you calm during the holiday rush. And don’t forget to double-check your travel documents before leaving the house.

Activity and Emergency Kits Are Key. Whether traveling by train or car, always carry a first aid kit stocked with bottled water, snacks, medication, bandages, a flashlight and cell phone charger. Should you encounter a problem or a long distance between rest-stops on your route, these items can help keep you nourished and your travel companions busy. Keep children occupied by bringing fun games or movies to lessen driving distractions. If traveling by car, have it inspected by a mechanic or someone you trust before a long journey to make sure all systems are primed and tires are filled.

Master 4688D lock is TSA-accepted
Lock It Down & Carry It On. A reported 200 items are stolen each day from JFK Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world. Keep your valuables including cell phones, wallets, watches/jewelry and other important property safe by carrying them with you at all times and locking them up while on-the-go. In addition, use generic luggage, be mindful of wearing flashy jewelry and dress down to prevent being targeted for theft.

Did you know you can secure checked and carry-on luggage with a TSA-accepted lock? I did not know this until I was sent for review the Master 4688D TSA-accepted Combination Lock which can be used while traveling to prevent unauthorized access to my luggage.

How do TSA-accepted locks work?
TSA inspectors screen every passenger's baggage before it is placed on an airplane. While their technology allows them to electronically screen bags, there are times when they need to physically inspect a piece of luggage. Although I don't travel by air very often, I know that the checked luggage of friends I have traveled with to Blogging conferences have been opened by the TSA for inspection.

The TSA has worked with several companies, including Master Lock, to develop locks that can be opened by security officers using universal "master" keys so that the locks don't have to be cut off. So buying one of these TSA-accepted locks will allow you to keep your valuables safe while allowing the TSA agents to do their job.

The Master 4688D Combination Lock features -
- Master key opening that allows TSA screeners to inspect and relock baggage without damaging the lock
- Unique flexible cable to resist abuse from baggage handling equipment
- 3 dials which allows you to set-your-own combination and reset for convenience
- Matching locks and cables to coordinate with popular baggage colors
- Bright colors to allow baggage identification
- 1-1/8" (29mm) wide durable metal body

Check out the following video on the Master TSA-accepted lock

The Master 4688D TSA-accepted Combination Lock can also be used for more than just airline luggage.  It is also great for securing cabinets, computer bags and briefcases - anywhere you are currently using a traditional combination lock.

The Master 4688D TSA-accepted Combination Locks retail for around $10 each and are available on Amazon, the Master Lock website, and in retail stores.

Find out more about Master Lock products by liking Master Lock on Facebook and by following Master Lock on Twitter.

One (1) FREEISMYLIFE reader will WIN a Master 4688D TSA-approved Combination Lock to use for your next trip or just for everyday use - HOLLA to the FREE!!!


- Fill out the information in the form below.

- One entry per person please. Duplicate entries will be removed.

- USA addresses only.

- The contest ends on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 11:59am EST.

- The winner will be selected by random number generation.

- Master Lock or their PR company will be responsible for fulfilling the prize to the winner.


- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for following Master Lock on Facebook.

- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for following FREEISMYLIFE on Facebook.

- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for following Master Lock on Twitter.

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- Following my "And the Winning is Easy" board on Pinterest.

- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for answering the Master Lock question at this link.

- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for tweeting the following message on TwitterI entered to WIN a $10 @MasterLockCo TSA-accepted Combination Lock on @freeismylife " has spoken!!! Out of 118 entries, has picked #32. Congratulations to the winner of the $10 Master TSA-accepted Lock - Kay Lynn A. of San Diego, CA!!!


Disclosure: I received a complimentary Master Lock product to facilitate this review.  Master Lock is supplying the product for the giveaway.  I am an Amazon Affiliate Member. All opinions are my own.

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