Since all locks are slightly different, we can only give you general directions.
For Combination Padlocks w/ button setting: Line-up the default combination (0-0-0). Locate a small button somewhere on the side of the lock. With the tip of a pen, simply push that button in and hold it while dialing in your personal combination. Remember to write down your combination and store it in a safe place.
For Combination Padlocks w/ shackle setting: Line-up the default combination (0-0-0). Pull up the shackle and swivel the shackle all the way to the right so that it is facing exactly opposite to the direction you started at. This is the same as moving a clock hand from 12 o'clock to 6 o'clock.
Press firmly down on the shackle and at the same time turn the shackle back one quarter turn (moving it from 6 o'clock back to 3 o'clock) where the shackle is 'held' into the down position.
Set your own combination on the face of the lock with the small circles between the dials.
Finally turn the shackle back to the 6 o'clock position – pull it all the way up – turn the shackle back to 12 o'clock and lock the lock as normal.
When resetting a shackle lock it is critical that you press down ALL the way on the shackle at the reset position (either 90 or 180 degrees rotated away from the locked position). Some lock types require you to push down and then turn the shackle to the reset position – not getting the shackle fully to the reset position is one of the biggest causes of a combination setting going wrong. Remember to write down your combination and store it in a safe place.
For Combination Zipper locks: With the lock in the 0-0-0 position, push the reset button in with a pen until you hear a 'click' sound. The reset button is located at the back of the lock, next to the where the zipper pulls will rest when the bag is locked. Next, turn the dials to your desired personal combination. Then push in the button at the front of the lock and you will hear the reset button 'click' again. Now you have finished setting your personal combination. Check to be sure the button at the front of the lock releases the zipper tabs and moves freely at your desired combination. Before turning the dials to lock the case, write down your combination and put it in a safe place. Also, you can repeat the above steps to reset your combination.
For Combination Lock straps: Set the combination to 0-0-0. Open the lock by pressing the release button. Once unlocked, place a pen or other similar pointed object on the end of the metal rod and push in. While pushing in, set/reset your combination. Releasing the button locks your combination. Remember to write down your combination and store it in a safe place.
When resetting a cable or strap lock make sure you have pushed the reset button or bar ALL the way down and keep it firmly depressed when changing the combination.
Other Suggestions for Setting Your TSA lock
- Check with the store where you purchased the lock. They should be able to either help you set the combination or can show you the instructions from a similar lock.
- Contact the distributor of this brand of lock. See Brands for a listing.
Specialty baggage stores may have sales people with experience setting combination locks. Check with one near you and see if they can help. See the Store Locator for shops near you.
- Remember to write down your combination and store it in a safe place just in case you forget it.