How to Reset a Travel Sentry Combination Lock

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The U.S. Transportation Security Administration screens every bag on passenger aeroplanes, either electronically or with a physical search. TSA requires that its agents be able to open any security locks on baggage to complete the screening process. If TSA agents cannot open the locks, they will cut them, putting you at risk for theft or missing luggage. Travel Sentry has partnered with the TSA to create a line of secure locks that agents can open with a master key, if necessary. The locks come with a standard 0-0-0 or 0-0-0-0 code. You can reset the code as many times as you wish.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Set your Travel Sentry lock to the current combination.

  2. 2

    Pull the shackle--the curved steel piece that hooks through luggage zipper holes--straight up to unlock the lock.

  3. 3

    Turn the shackle 90 degrees counterclockwise so the entry notch is hanging over one side of the lock. Press the shackle down firmly and twist it another 90 degrees counterclockwise. Hold the shackle in this position.

  4. 4

    Pick a new combination and enter it on the dials.

  5. 5

    Pull the shackle straight up turn it 180 degrees clockwise to line up the entry notch with the hole. Push the shackle into the hole, as you would to lock the device. Turn the dials away from your new combination. Pull up on the shackle. It will not release if you have performed the reset correctly.

Tips and warnings

  • Write your code down in a secure location, especially if you frequently change the code.
  • The combination lock cannot be reset without the current code.

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