Airport Security Just Got Better!
had to be a better way! You arrived
early at the airport, waited on long
lines and checked your bags. You then
proceeded to security, were x-rayed
and wanded (maybe even removed your
shoes), only to be informed that you
are in possession of an item on the
prohibited list (Swiss Army knife,
scissors). And now it’s too
late to put it in your checked-in
luggage. Millions of Americans have
had this experience.
Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) has reported that over 10 million
items have been confiscated from the
traveling public since 9/11. Until
now, you had little choice but to
“contribute to the security
of America” by turning over
your personal belongings and watch
as they were tossed in a bin with
hundreds of other confiscated items.
It doesn’t have to happen any
is a better way and the better way
“the airport envelope”,
a “personal property return
is a pre-packaged, pre-stamped, bubble
lined envelope. Made of DuPont™
Tyvek® brand protective material.
Also included is “point safe”,
a patent pending sheath designed to
protect sharp points from piercing
the envelope from the inside, plus
a pen to address it on the spot.
(It’s easy) Buy
it – Address
It - Mail It. And
dropped in a mail box, MailBack™
containing your property will travel
first-class through the U.S. Postal
Service (to any United States destination),
whether it catches up to you at your
final destination or back to your
Kaufman, President of Self Defenses,
the company that spearheaded and produces
commented, “As we ensure national
security and public safety, we no
longer have to compromise the rights
of individuals and their property.
at various airports, have already
proven to be very successful, with
acceptance by the public, TSA and
airline agents. This cooperative solution
to confiscation is a win-win-win situation.
is made in the USA, and will be sold
at airport retailers and airline ticket
counters close to security checkpoints.
From $4.95 to $6.95. Available now
at Hudson News, the transportation
retail specialists. And everywhere
on or before the Fourth of July.
if you should find yourself in this
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face at the security gate
shuns cell phones, but is quite fond of
gadgets such as multi-tools, pocket knifes
and, of course, nice sturdy flashlights.
None of which we consider weapons, but all
of which could be seen as potential threats
by security guards and cops. It doesn't
help that we've been known to do a quick
180-degree turn when confronted by an airport
metal detector. But what's an absent-minded
person to do when he suddenly realizes he
is packing a Swiss Army knife and has a
flight to catch?
answer, thankfully, is no further away than
the airport gift shop. The entrepreneurs
at the online catalogue Self Defenses have
created a pre-packaged mailer, called “Mailback,”
that you can use to ship home your knife,
toe clippers and anything else that might
raise a red flag at airport security. The
envelope is lined with bubble wrap and comes
with a pen and pre-paid postage. At Anchorage's
international airport, it sells for $6.99
at Hudson News and Gifts.
manager Roger Slee says it's been available
since December and is a big seller. Slee
was working for the same company at Portland
International Airport in September 2001.
Hundreds of customers needed mailers after
the 9/11 attacks, but there was no service
available. Slee says he was purchasing envelopes
to keep his airport shop in stock. “Of
course, half the time I was out because
I have other things to do besides run around
rounding up envelopes,” he says.
has learned a few things about travelers.
Women, for instance, are more likely to
mail scissors home than men. The men are
more likely to have “one of those
Swiss Army knives that do 10,000 things,”
Self Defenses also offers a huge selection
of flashlights, pepper sprays, and multi-tools
- most of which aren't allowed on airplanes
and might one day end up in the envelope
they sell. The company also offers a discount
to customers who say their knife was seized
by airport security. It's called the “replacement
knife discount” and it can only be
used four times per household.
on Fri, Apr. 23, 2004
Save Items by Mailing Them Home
WASHINGTON - Travelers who realize they're
carrying a treasured pocketknife or grandma's
scissors after arriving at the airport may
now have a more convenient way to save the
in several airports are now carrying special
envelopes - including postage - designed
to allow people to mail their scissors,
pocket knife, multi-tool or other item to
MailBack, the envelopes are sold at several
Hudson News stands and the manufacturer
is planning to expand sales through several
news chains in airports.
Kaufman of Self Defenses Inc., in New York
said he got the idea after hearing customers
lamenting the loss of items they inadvertently
carried into airports and had to give up
under new security rules.
the hijackings of Sept. 11, 2001, airport
security has banned travelers from carrying
many knives, tools and other sharp items
that previously had been allowed. Federal
screeners have confiscated nearly 6 million
of these items.
Clark of the Transportation Security Administration
said travelers who find themselves at the
airport with a banned item they don't want
to give up have three options: they can
put it in their checked baggage, they can
return it to their car or give it to friend
or loved one nearby, or mail it back to
airports have post offices where people
can buy boxes or envelopes and send items
back to themselves.
other places that convenience isn't available,
Kaufman said his product, selling for $6.95,
makes the mail back option convenient.
envelopes are made of strong plastic lined
with bubble wrap and include a self-sticking
guard made of cardboard that can be placed
on any sharp points to keep them from piercing
envelope carries three 37-cent stamps, which
is enough postage for four ounces, and includes
a pen so the buyer can address the envelope
and drop it in a mailbox.
noted that mailboxes have been removed from
some airports and said he is working with
the newsstand operators to mail the envelope
for the customer.
Security Solution Really Delivers
all the heightened security at airports,
it’s inevitable that someday you’ll
have something confiscated at the security
gate, whether it’s a Swiss Army knife
you forgot to pack in your suitcase or the
metal fingernail file in your purse. But
a new security product, MailBack, offers
an alternative to having your personal items
confiscated at the gate. The pre-packaged,
pre-stamped bubble envelope containing your
property gets sent through the mail to arrive
safely at your travel destination or back
Millions of items have been confiscated
at airport security gates since 9/11, says
Self Defenses, the company producing MailBack.
And until now, all you could do was watch
your personal property be dumped in a bin
with everyone else’s, never to be
seen again. MailBack™
– with its DuPont Tyvek brand protective
material, “point safe” design
to prevent sharp points from piercing the
package and pen to address the envelope
on the spot – offers a safe and convenient
alternative, says the company. Envelopes
range from $4.95 to $6.95 and will be sold
at airport ticket counters near security
check points starting July 4, 2004. (4-13-04)