ZipChek works in a similar fashion to Tell-Tag, but has been designed expressly for use with a travel lock such as ClipLok, when travelling from the USA. In such a situation, a Tell-Tag would have to be forcibly removed from a particular bag to allow an inspection. The enplaning luggage would thus lose its protection in regard to its on-going journey.

This is the reason behind the development of ZipChek.

Zip-Check is essentially a Tell-Tag without the tamper-proof seal. Instead, a padlock is used to secure the tag, which replaces the function of Tell-Tag's tamper-proof seal, which means agencies such as the TSA or HMRC can open the zip sliders around the zip stop (head) of the ZipChek, and re-lock the bag with the ZipChek intact.

Of course this means that a particular type of padlock needs to be used with a ZipChek. To do this properly, the lock must be:

  1. Almost impossible to pick (therefore requiring the use of a combination type locking mechanism with an ANTI-PICK feature);
  2. Utilise no pass-keys that can find their way into the public domain;
  3. Provide a RELIABLE indication that the lock has been opened by someone other than the owner (i.e. the physical cutting of the shackle);
  4. Appropriate for use in ALL countries (other than just the USA).

This is the reason behind the development of ClipLok. No other lock can fulfil the above criteria.

It is anticipated that ZipChek will be available from this website later this year.