A single image of a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) master key published last November by the Washington Post in a story on airport luggage has led to the key being duplicated by a 3D printer potentially endangering travelers bags.
The key’s image was only briefly online, according to PC World, but that was long enough for some enterprising hackers to work out a set of blueprints and post it on Github. The dimensions were then programmed into a 3D printer which turned out a key capable of opening a TSA recognized luggage lock.
A video posted on Twitter by Bernard Bolduc showed the printed key in action.
TSA locks are special. Each can be opened either using a combination, for the traveler, or with a special master key by the TSA agent charged with inspecting the luggage. The idea being the bag is not only safe from a common thief, but still can be checked for contraband by security.