“The Envelope Please”
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 longer!
is a better way and the better way is MailBack™,
“the airport envelope”, a “personal
property return system.”
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 BAM,
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
Kaufman, President of Self Defenses, the company
that spearheaded and produces MailBack™
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
if you should find yourself in this predicament,
just ask for “The Envelope Please”.
source | industry gossip
MARCH 30, 2004
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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,” he says.
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.
Posted 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 items.
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
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 themselves.
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 the envelope.
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.
Airport 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 home.
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)