TSA Lock Instructions

Security is essential when traveling. With Travel Sentry® Approved locks, you can lock your suitcase and gain peace of mind knowing that your contents are secure. In the eventuality that your luggage may have to be randomly checked for security reasons, you have no reason to worry. The TSA staff has access to a bypass key which allows them to open the locks without causing damage to it.

Types of TSA Locks

Each suitcase may carry a different TSA accepted lock. Read more below to identify the type of lock your suitcase has and instructions for use.

LOCK WITH CENTER SLIDERS

Image of lock with center sliders

To set your personal combination, follow these steps:

  1. Adjust the dials to the preset code 000.
  2. Press down the Reset Button with a narrow tool.
  3. Hold the Reset Button down and adjust the dials to your desired personal combination (for example 8-8-8).
  4. Release the Reset Button. Your personal combination is now set.
  5. To change your combination again, adjust dials to your existing combination, then repeat steps 2 through 4.

Note:
Some cases may come with the zipper pulls secured within the TSA lock. To release the zipper pulls, simply slide the TSA Lock Slide Bar toward the dials. If you are unable to slide the bar, simply set the dials back to 0-0-0 and try again.

LOCK WITH END SLIDERS

Type A and Type B

Image of lock with end sliders type A

Image of lock with end sliders Type B

To set your personal combination, follow these steps:

  1. Adjust the dials to the preset code 000.
  2. Press down the Reset Button with a narrow tool.
  3. Hold the Reset Button down and adjust the dials to your desired personal combination (for example 8-8-8).
  4. Release the Reset Button. Your personal combination is now set.
  5. To change your combination again, adjust dials to your existing combination, then repeat steps 2 through 4.

Type C

Image of lock with end sliders Type C

 

To set your personal combination, follow these steps:

  1. Adjust the dials to the preset code 000.
  2. Press down the Reset Button with a narrow tool.
  3. Hold the Reset Button down and adjust the dials to your desired personal combination (for example 8-8-8).
  4. Release the Reset Button. Your personal combination is now set.
  5. To change your combination again, adjust dials to your existing combination, then repeat steps 2 through 4.

CLAMP STYLE LOCKS

Image of clamp style locks

To set your personal combination, follow these steps:
  1. Locate the Reset Button on the underside of the clamp closure.
  2. Adjust Dials to original preset numbers 0-0-0.
  3. Slide the Reset Button from "OFF" to "SET."
  4. Set your personal combination by turning the dials to your desired code (for example 8-8-8).
  5. Slide the Reset Button back to the "OFF" position.
  6. Your personal combination is now set.

PADLOCK STYLE

 

Image of Padlock Instructions

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF A TSA LOCK

During the checked-luggage screening process at an airport, sometimes an interior inspection of luggage is warranted. If your luggage is locked with a non-TSA accepted lock, Transportation Security Administration officers are authorized to cut the lock open for interior access. 

To provide an alternative to this, the TSA has worked with several companies to develop specialized locks that can be opened by airport security officers with universal keys, and this lock is one of them. Now you can travel with peace of mind knowing your belongings are secured while traveling and able to be inspected by the TSA without damage to your lock.