TSA Lock Instructions

TSA locks are required for all customers traveling to the USA. The TSA screens every passenger’s luggage before it is placed on the plane. At the TSA’s discretion, they may choose to open a passenger’s luggage for closer inspection. When this occurs, if the luggage is fitted with any lock other than those approved by the TSA, they will destroy whatever lock is fitted to gain access.

Luggage locks approved by the TSA have a universal master key that will open the locks. Only the TSA have a copy of this master key. Every TSA approved lock has an identifying mark that shows it may be opened by the master key. All CHESTER TSA locks feature the red TSA logo.



To set your personal combination for your CHESTER luggage please follow the steps below:

Step 1

With the lock set to 0-0-0, push the reset button with a pointed object, such as a pen (see the red dot in the image).

Step 2

Hold down the button and roll the digits to the combination of your choice (see the red dot and red numbers in the image).

Step 3

Slide the latch to the right. Once the rest button pops back up, your combination will be set (see red arrow in the image).

(Warning: Do not press in reset button if you do not remember your combination. It cannot be reset without correct combination!)

Please note that once you set your lock, no one else will know how to get in your bag—and that includes us. We suggest emailing the combo to yourself, tucking it into your passport, or saving it under a contact in your phone—anything to make sure you don’t lock yourself out.

I Forgot My TSA Lock Combination, What Do I Do?

Unfortunately, TSA locks cannot be reset without knowing the current combination or unless you are a TSA agent with a universal key. Otherwise, any person would be able to reset the lock and get into your belongings. If you’ve forgotten your TSA lock combination, there is a solution that will take 20-30 minutes if you don’t get lucky. You will need to go through every combination until you unlock it. Start at 001, then 002, 003 and so on until it unlocks. If you can remember even just the first number of the combination, this process will take a lot less time.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].