The Travel Sentry Certified lock program was a success from the start. The product sold out in the first few months. There are now six manufacturers, 26 licensed distributors more than 25 approved models of the Travel Sentry Certified lock and lockable luggage and more than 3.5 million locks in use by travelers. The locks can be found at thousands of specialty retailers, major national retailers including Brookstone, Sharper Image, WalMart, Target, Lowes, Ace Hardware and at online “etailers” including eBags, Brookstone, Magellan’s, and the Sharper Image.
Today, on their first anniversary, Travel Sentry continues to develop products to ease the travel experience with the launch of the Travel Sentry™ Travel Tote, a convenient bag provided to travelers to place metal items in prior to going through airport security screenings. During the peak Thanksgiving travel period, travelers will have access to more than 500,000 totes in seven airports across the country. The totes are distributed free as a service to the traveling public.
“Travel Sentry specializes in facilitating solutions between government and private industry which benefit the flying public,” says John Vermilye, founder of Travel Sentry. “Like Travel Sentry Certified locks, the new Travel Totes are a win for all concerned. Making the screening process faster is clearly good for the passenger. Making the screening process faster also benefits the TSA, the airlines and airports. Passengers are organized and less stressed, TSA agents can screen more people faster and airlines should have fewer passengers rushing to their gates.”
Travel Sentry Travel Totes will be available at the entrance of airport security screening lines. Travelers simply take the complimentary bag and place inside their metal items such as loose change, cell phones, and watches. The Travel Tote then can be easily slipped into the traveler’s carry-on, briefcase or purse. Once the traveler passes through security, they can go directly to their gate and sort through their belongings. “Doing this eliminates congestion at the front and the back of the checkpoint and speeds up the screening process for everyone,” commented Vermilye.
During the 2004 Thanksgiving travel period, the 500,000 Travel Totes will be distributed at the airports listed below. Airports interested in participating in the program are invited to contact Travel Sentry.
• San Francisco
• St. Louis
• Washington Dulles
• Colorado Springs
Travel Sentry is an organization that provides security solutions for the traveling public and works closely with the Transportation Security Administration and luggage, lock and travel accessory manufacturers. In 2003, the company developed the Travel Sentry™ Certified lock standard that enables the traveling public to lock their checked baggage during travel while still allowing the TSA to search the bags as needed and then re-lock them. In 2004, the company introduced the Travel Sentry Travel Tote, a complimentary bag for travelers to consolidate their metal belongings prior to going through the airport screening process