Travel Smart and Secure with a TSA Lock

Perhaps you've invested in a sleek cabin suitcase or a practical large suitcase with a TSA lock from DAY ET, and are now wondering what exactly that means?

No matter where in the world you are jetting off to, a TSA lock is a global standard for securing your luggage while allowing airport security to conduct inspections without causing any damage to your suitcase. 

Here we will unlock the ins and outs of TSA locks, and explain the added peace of mind they bring to your journey. So, keep reading for more information and travel smart and secure with a TSA lock.

What exactly is a TSA lock?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which is an agency within the United States Department of Homeland Security, issued a requirement at the beginning of 2003 for every piece of luggage entering U.S. airports to undergo inspection. This significant change allowed security authorities to open and examine any luggage piece should security concerns arise.

Unlike an ordinary suitcase lock, a TSA lock is designed to be opened with a master key by security officers, ensuring a smooth and unobstructed inspection process. This feature significantly reduces the chance of your lock being cut or damaged by security personnel.

When you own a suitcase with a TSA lock, like those in our stylish and durable collection of hard suitcases, you can be assured of your luggage's security while ensuring convenient access for security inspections.

What types of TSA locks exist?

TSA locks come in several forms, and each form is designed to enhance the protection and practicality of your luggage.

TSA built-in luggage locks are integrated directly into the suitcase, ensuring a sleek and streamlined look while offering sturdy security. You can find your ideal suitcase with a mounted TSA lock within our range of chic and functional suitcases, including 4-wheeled suitcases as well.

If you're looking for versatility, TSA combination padlocks and cable locks can be used on different kinds of luggage, offering flexibility and security in one. Another practical option is a suitcase strap equipped with a TSA lock, keeping your luggage securely fastened and protected.

If you need assistance in selecting the right suitcase from our collection, more information is available in our suitcase guide.

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How can you tell if your suitcase has a TSA approved lock?

If you possess a suitcase with a lock, it's vital to ascertain that it is a TSA approved lock. How can you identify one? It’s all in the unique identification mark. 

TSA locks proudly feature a distinctive logo, a red diamond shape, setting them apart from non-TSA locks. This prominent red logo is the emblem of Travel Sentry, a renowned company specialising in the development and licensing of travel security standards, including a universally recognised standard for luggage locks.

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In which countries are TSA locks used?

Though initially developed for the United States, the TSA lock is now recognised by various international security agencies that are equipped to open them, making these locks equally beneficial for international travel.

According to the official website of Travel Sentry, which is the maker of TSA approved locks, the use of these locks spans the globe. From the USA and Canada to Japan and China and numerous European countries including the UK and Denmark, the TSA lock is a universal symbol of reliable luggage security.

Why is it important to have a suitcase with a TSA approved lock?

While having a suitcase with a code lock is crucial for protecting your belongings from theft, a suitcase with a TSA lock emerges as the premium choice for travellers worldwide. 

It's clear from what we've discussed that TSA locks offer dual advantages – they not only secure your belongings but also provide easy access to airport security authorities for luggage inspection, minimising the chance of damage during the process.

This balance of security and accessibility makes the TSA lock a preferred choice, especially for those travelling within or from the United States, where airport security measures are robust and comprehensive. 

A TSA lock is more than just a lock; it's a commitment to ensuring that your luggage and its contents remain intact while satisfying all security mandates. 

Opting for a suitcase with a TSA lock is an investment in peace of mind, helping make sure your travels are as smooth and hassle-free as possible.

How to reset a TSA lock code on a suitcase?

Just got a new suitcase with a built-in TSA lock and now wondering how to change the code on the suitcase? There are different types of built-in TSA locks on suitcases, but these are some general steps that can be applied to ensure it's done right.

Step 1: Place your suitcase on a flat surface to keep it stable during the process. 

Step 2: To open the lock, the code on the suitcase should be set to the factory-default 0-0-0 combination. 

Step 3: Press the reset button on your suitcase's TSA lock using a pen, paperclip, or safety pin. The reset button is typically located inside a small hole on one side of the lock. Once you press the reset button with a pen or other object, it will stay pressed. You should hold it in this position until you have completed the next step.

Step 4: Turn the dials to your new, easily memorable combination. Line up the numbers carefully. Tip: Write down your new combination to ensure you do not forget it.

Step 5: After setting the new combination, press the larger side button on the suitcase's TSA lock. A click from the reset button, as it pops out, will confirm that your new code is set.

How to change the code on the TSA padlock?

If you have a TSA padlock, the process of changing the code is similar to that with a built-in TSA lock on a suitcase, but with some differences. Here are guidelines on how to do it:

Step 1: Begin by opening the TSA lock with the factory-default 0-0-0 combination.

Step 2: After unlocking, turn the top of the lock 90 degrees. Press it down firmly and hold it in this position for the next step.

Step 3: While pressing down, set your desired code combination on the TSA padlock. Remember to write down your new combination to avoid any future confusion.

Step 4: Release the top of the lock, returning it to its original position. And now, you have successfully changed the code.

To confirm the code change, scramble the numbers and attempt to reopen the lock. You will find that the TSA padlock remains secure until you enter your newly set combination.

What to do if you have forgotten the code on the TSA lock?

If you find yourself having forgotten the code on a TSA lock, maybe not all is lost.

Travel Sentry, the manufacturer of TSA-approved locks, recommends trying all possible combinations, beginning from 000 and continuing sequentially to 999. Though it may seem like a lengthy process, Travel Sentry suggests it should take no longer than 30 minutes.

But to avoid such situations in the first place, when changing the code on your TSA lock, choose an easy-to-remember combination or make a secure note of it in your phone, laptop, or on paper.

Taking this step will prevent the inconvenience of forgetting your TSA lock code, allowing for peaceful and secure travel.


What does a TSA lock do?

TSA-approved locks allow security personnel to access your luggage for inspection without damaging your lock or bag.

Is it recommended to use a TSA lock on international flights?

Yes, it is highly recommended to use a TSA-approved lock on international flights. These locks are recognized globally and add an extra layer of security to your luggage during travel.