Did you forget your luggage lock? Cannot figure it out? If so, then this article is for you. Imagine, after a long trip, you just checked in your hotel room and need to freshen up yourself.
You went to open your luggage, and just then, a real problem appears – you forgot the lock. You are in a panic state now, but panicking will not bring any solution.
To set a number lock on luggage is a must to prevent theft or any unexpected situation. However, this security system could backfire if you fail to remember your luggage lock when it is necessary.
To know how to reset the luggage lock forgot combination, you must unlock the luggage first. In this guide, I will give you some common and easy solutions to unlock and reset your luggage lock.
Know About The Luggage Lock
Nowadays, companies make luggage fully secured to ensure travelers’ safe travel. Some luggage has a tracer ID, and some have a built-in lock system. Companies like Samsonite, SWISSGEAR, American Tourister provide TSA lock system on their products.
TSA or Transportation Security Administration is a USA-based homeland security agency. A TSA lock indicates a particular type of lock which only the TSA professionals can handle.
Apart from them, airport securities can open it too. TSA locks need a universal key to open.
TSA is associated with Travel Sentry, a group that is in charge of supervising the creation and approval of luggage locks. If you see any red diamond logo near the lock, it is TSA approved (as the logo is the Travel Sentry identity).
A TSA lock makes your luggage super protected so that it does not open accidentally to leave you in an awkward situation.
Though it prevents thieves and intruders, airport security has the right to unlock your luggage without any question if they sniff anything suspicious regarding the things inside your carrier.
All the advantages of this kind of lock can be a nightmare instantly if you cannot open your locked luggage. Follow the steps mentioned below to get rid of this problem.
How To Reset Luggage Lock Forgot Combination?
Let’s find out how to unlock the luggage first –
1.Break The Lock
Sounds funny yet the easiest way to follow. Break or cut the lock of your luggage by yourself or with the help of someone. Do not try this unless you are annoyingly rich to buy new luggage.
2.Follow The User Manual
You may get a solution or a hint to unlock. In that case, you need to have the user manual. Generally, we do not carry the user manual.
However, if you have a severe memory problem, I would suggest you keep the manual inside your bag always. For the TSA 3 digit combination lock luggage, you can recover the lock digits in many ways –
3.Start Trying Combination Serially, From 000 to 999.
To do that, at first, you need to set the digits like 000, then go on rotating the digits like 001, 002, 003. Keep doing that until you reach 999.
This would take 30 minutes (minimum) to 1 or 2 hours to complete, or more than that. To be honest, this is not an easy solution.
4.Try Unlocking Differently
You have to create pressure on the reset button situated in the locking mechanism first. To do that, you need to use something pointy, like a ball pen, paperclip, or needle.
After pressing the reset button, start turning the first number wheel slowly. Keep rotating until you hear an audible click.
If you hear that, be happy that you got the first number correct. Repeat the process to get the rest two digits. Once you get all the correct digits, push the unlock button, your luggage is ready to open.
5.Another Easy Technique.
Rather than hearing carefully, start rotating the number wheels by adding up 1 every time. For example, if the digits are 561, make it 672 (always start from the same right side).
Keep doing this until you find the correct digits magically. This is faster than the solution above, which you have read just now before reading this.
You can figure out the digits by observing the notches. You will find the notches below the numbers.
Put a card under the first notch (start counting from the right). Notice how much the card goes under the first notch.
If it does not go deeper, rotate the notch once more and try placing the card again. Keep doing that unless your card goes deeper.
Once it goes, do this again with the rest two notches. If the card goes deeper under those two, too, then you are successful. If you have TSA approved padlock for security, it is a bit difficult to unlock it without the master key.
Only the airport staffs and the TSA professionals have the master key to unlock the padlock for the purpose of investigation. You can still have the master key if you have access to a 3D printing machine.
You may even find the cloned key from any online shop at the cheapest rate. Trust me; this is not going to work, honestly. Anyone can have a cloned key to unlock the TSA padlock. So this is a high threat to your luggage.
It is possible to unlock the padlock without the master key. Take the TSA padlock, put a pen in the round shackle and make a little pressure by pulling it up.
After that, start rotating the number wheels. The most important thing here is to find the number when rotating seems a bit loose.
Rotating numbers will feel stiff, but at one point, you will not feel hard while changing them. Congratulations!
The first correct digit came in your hand. Repeat the process to get the rest. As soon as you figure out the third number, the lock will automatically open.
How To Reset The Lock?
You do not have to put extra effort into resetting the TSA 3 digit combination lock. Once you press ‘reset’ and put in new codes, it has been reset automatically.
Just make sure your new lock codes are easy to memorize and remember. Also, jumble the digits randomly after locking the luggage.
For the TSA padlock, once you unlock it, turn the shackle into 90 degrees first. To put the new codes:
- Press the turned away shackle down.
- Reset the codes without leaving the shackle.
- Once you set the codes, release the shackle, move it to the previous position again, and lock.
Sometimes this 90-degree theory does not work. In that case, you have to rotate the shackle 180 degrees. However, the 90 degrees theory works most of the time.
My words may seem complicated to understand to you. No problem at all. YouTube has countless short videos on unlocking and resetting forgotten luggage locks. Watch them thoroughly and repeatedly, and learn quickly.
Forgetting a luggage lock is quite a horrible thing to experience. To avoid such a situation, you must take some practical steps.
- Always make your lock digits easy to remember.
- Your lock digits are better written somewhere, like on a piece of paper or in your diary or notebook. Make sure that you always have that with you.
- Another best way to remember the lock digits is to email them to yourself. If you forget again, just open the email, fetch the codes and open your luggage.
- You can click a picture when you set the lock on your luggage. Just see the picture if you forget the lock.
- Last but not least. Do not even try or dare to apply the techniques you have learned here on someone else’s luggage. No one will take responsibility if you commit any crime. So, be careful.
So, this is all you need to know about figuring out the forgotten luggage lock. Remember, the goal is to interpret the processes more efficiently.
Hope you understand all of them. Remember not to panic in a critical situation. Just stay calm and do whatever you need to do.