Anyone who has boarded a plane post 9/11 has experienced first hand the frustration of enhanced airport security measures. And the restrictions keep on coming with bans and limits on liquids being one of the latest aviation headaches to hit travelers. Is there any way to bring back the fun and enjoyment of flying? Manufacturers of heat shrink PVC, shrink bands, tamper-evident bags and shrink labels for tamper-evident seals think so, and they are setting out to return air travel to some of its pre-2001 heyday glory.
Last month, CheapFlights.com, a price comparison site for domestic travel deals released a news blurb titled “Duty-free easier with tamper-evident bags.” Therein, it was report that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has “approved tamper-evident bags for the transportation of duty-free liquids such as liquor, wine and perfume. While not perfect, the tamper-evident technology is making it easier for flyers to swallow post September 11 travel restrictions.
So who exactly will benefit from these tamper-evident bags? Cheap Flights explains, “These bags are for passengers departing the United States, those who’ve bought those items in secure (post-security) sections of the airport.” However, these tamper-evident bags “will not be accepted in the United States at security checkpoints.”
International travelers to the United States need not think they are being left out, however. When they check their baggage, they are reunited with it only upon arrival. Therefore, they too “have the opportunity to store duty-free items in those bags before their next flight.”
It remains to be seen whether these tamper-evident bags will benefit travelers leaving the United States bound for foreign destinations, though. The Transportation Security Administration is quick to point out, “Travelers exiting the United States, arriving at a non-U.S. international airport, and continuing on to a final international destination, may not be provided the same opportunity, as their bags go directly to their final destination.”
Nonetheless this tamper-evident technology is a start, a concession that frustrated air travelers will gladly accept. The good news is they can start relieving some of their travel woes very soon. Cheap Flights says, “Look for these new tamper-evident bags to begin appearing in duty free shops” in the near future.
What might they expect to see? Leading manufacturers of tamper-evident bags currently offer the following options and the TSA is likely to approve something similar:
o “A”/Domed bags or curved bags are used for multi-packed items and unusually shaped object and containers. Containers without ring necks that need tamper-evidence use A”/Domed bags to encapsulate their products for tamper-evidence. Pump bottles, tubes and flip top bottles also use “A”/Domed bags.
o Straight bags are also used for multi-packed items. They are especially useful for two or more products that are sold as a multi-pack.
o Funnel bags are similar to “A” bags in shape but the narrow portion remains unsealed.
And to facilitate the tamper-evident bags’ airport implementation, the TSA is likely to opt for a U.S. manufacturer. That way, already weary travelers won’t have to wait for overseas delivery on this headache-relieving technology.
Source by Carmen Fontana