Last month when I reviewed the new and UN-improved Dallas DFW American Express Centurion club I entered the airport as I always do at the TSA PreCheck checkpoint nearest to the lounge and they had the above.
What a neat idea. I had never seen one of these before or even heard about the company Airport Mailers. There are times in my life I could have used them.
For example, I just love the above mostly flat screwdriver set that I keep in the sleeve of my ski coat because it always seems like I have a screw lose when I am on the slopes. TSA seems to hates this thing so the one time I forgot to check it they wanted to keep it. Since it was in South Bend I just ran it out to the car since it was way too late to put it into my checked bag at that point.
Another thing I travel with on most flights is a no-blade wine bottle opener. I have found many times having one of these is really handy (like when on a Delta jet and they don’t have one in 1st class thus no wine). But when I forget to take it out of my bag, and fly internationally or to the Caribbean, they toss them out. They are so cheap to buy that I would not bother mailing them home had there been an Airport Mailers box to use.
But I can see a bunch of times that an item could be either valuable or, for sentimental reasons, valuable to a traveler and worth dropping into a box to be shipped home for the $14.95 fee. I was confused about the lighter choice on the forms, as the TSA does let you bring 1, but then maybe you are a chef and your forgot your brulee torch maybe or a Damascus knife (hey, I am reaching a bit but you get the point)?
What do you think. Have you seen one of these boxes or even have one at your home town airport (I bet many have)? Do you ever travel with something you normally check that you would pay to ship home if you forgot it and at a TSA check point were told you can not fly with (whatever)? – René
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