new reserves the right to break any locks on your luggage, whenever they'd like, should you travel through this "fair" country.
It's part of the Post Patriot Act-era laws that have been enacted in recent years. There is, though, another option, if you'd rather your luggage wasn't easily rifled through by strangers. And you know how we are afraid of strangers: still, my luggage was ransacked coming back from Morocco, and I'd had some apprehension about flying into Phnom Penh in a few weeks, particularly with the photo powders and irreplaceable items in my checked luggage, impossible to find anywhere in SE Asia. [As it is, it looks like I'll be flying into Bangkok anyway, but that's another story for another week.]
The TSA lock is a strange dual device that somehow lets in those who are authorized to rifle through anything you're transporting, while supposedly keeping others away from your luggage's precious contents.
Though someone could always steal your baggage, it's not as easy to hide in your backpack as small, somewhat valuable items might be.
I discovered some the other day for around $6US each, so didn't mind shelling out a few extra dollars for them. And they're more fun to toy with than your average combination lock.