Protect your luggage with this Bluetooth-powered smart lock

By Salon Marketplace

Published February 13, 2018 2:14PM (EST)

Traveling can be stressful enough as is: connecting flights, layovers, delays — from endless lines at security, to anxiously waiting for your bag to appear from the claim section, the last thing you want to worry about is someone breaking into your luggage and stealing your stuff. Sadly, it's something that happens pretty often. And while there's no guarantee that someone won't attempt to thieve your goods, there's certainly a way to safeguard your possessions. Best of all, you don't need to remember a complicated passcode or keep track of a key to do it: with this AirBolt Smart Travel Lock, all you need is your smartphone and the app, and you're good to go.

Here's how it works: AirBolt uses Bluetooth to talk to your phone — you can unlock it with a simple push of a button, as long as you're the owner and your smartphone is within range of the lock. AirBolt also re-locks itself if the rope isn't manually taken out of the locking mechanism, helping prevent accidental unlocking. Other cool features include crowdsourced location tracking, where you're able to see your luggage's last location — that's particularly helpful when you're on a multi-stopover trip, and the airline staff can't locate your luggage. You might be able to help them find it faster than they would on their own — and you're less likely to stress out over your suitcase pulling a Houdini on you.

You can also set distance controls for notifications from either the app or the built-in buzzer on the AirBolt itself. That's helpful if you wander a little too far from your bag — or, you know, someone tries to take it sneakily. A lot of the time luggage can look similar, and another passenger could have a case of mistaken-bag-identity — and really, no one wants to go back to their hotel only to find out the suitcase they thought was theirs belongs to someone else. Can't visually locate your bag anywhere? You can manually set off an alarm to help find it.

There's also a backup button access code that lets you unlock if you don't have your phone — and if you're traveling with someone who's a little less absent-minded than you, AirBolt shared access is available for friends and family. Got a sibling (or mom) that gets a little nosey? Don't worry: you can access a log of all the times your AirBolt was opened so that you can maintain a little sanity during your next family vacation.

Best of all, it's TSA-compliant, so you won't have any issues taking it with you on all your travels — and it's weather-resistant too, so yeah, that includes wild trips to the rainforest, and desert or wherever else you want to adventure. Usually, this AirBolt Smart Travel Lock is $79.95, but you can get it now for $54.99.

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