The TSA's New Video: Packing It In
The TSA has spent $10,000 (not a huge sum by any stretch) on a video promoting ways to make holiday travel easer. Called "SimpliFLY," the 60-second film says we should travel in neat layers: Fold your clothes and put them on the bottom of your carryon luggage, then neatly coil all of your electronics and place them on top of the first layer. Then put another layer of clothes on top of them. The point, the video says, is to make it easier for TSA agents to ID your electronics.
Makes sense, and it would be nice if anyone in America actually traveled like this. My carryon is usually a mess of shoes, clothes with scuff marks from the aforementioned shoes, and electronics jammed in wherever I can fit them. I'm all for safety in the air, but, boy . . . I can't be the only one who rushes to the airport and throws my bag together, can I? Throw in holiday clutter like gifts, and forget it.
USA Today quoted Kevin Mitchell, chairman of the Business Travel Coalition, who liked the TSA's effort but said he's not "real optimistic" it'll trim security lines. "The message is a pretty sophisticated one, and it's a lot for the average person who is traveling for the first time in months to remember."
Take a look at the video and let us know what you think. How realistic is it to get infrequent travelers to pack this way? And is it really going to help speed security lines this holiday season?
By John Deiner |
November 20, 2007; 1:03 PM ET
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