How To Escape From Zip Ties In Just 3 Seconds

Jason Hanson is a former CIA officer who's seen a lot during his time at the agency. Upon leaving the CIA, he wrote a book full of tips and tricks he picked up on the job that can help keep the average person safe and/or avoid fraud. One of his most popular tips is his method for escaping zip ties should you ever find yourself bound by them. 

Identify the weaknesses

The number one tip to escaping any danger is to identify the weaknesses. This applies to zip ties, too. First, the size of the loop is fixed. It won't get smaller as you try to break free. This lets you slip out, though your hands do need to be crossed together and bound in front of you. 

The second weakness is fragility under severe loads. Your main task is to provide a load strong enough to break the zip tie. According to Hanson, this is the weakness we will exploit to escape.


There are three simple steps to follow in order to escape being zip tied.

  1. Take the starting position by putting your arms out in front of you as far as you can, holding your forearms together as tightly as you can. This creates the pressure needed.
  2. Rotate the lock section of the zip tie so that it is between your hands, as close to the middle as possible.
  3. Raise your hands above your head and pull them down and to the sides in a sharp, sudden motion. The lock should break.


You can use any object (tables, corners, even your knees) to hit the zip tie over. It may take more than one attempt, but the key is to ensure the maximum load is placed on the weak spot.

Experts say that even a child can master this method quite easily with a little practice, and it will also work on duct tape. If your hands are tied behind your back, the process becomes somewhat more difficult, but it can still be managed with some modification.

Here's hoping none of you will ever actually need to use this trick, but it's always better to know how to get out of a sticky situation than to be helpless when it arises.

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H/T: Bright Side

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