Bob Hope Airport first to get bootie concessions

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  1. City Extra

    City Extra Paperboy

    Guess we've graduated from the Shoe Carnival to the Bootie Parade ...

    :rolleyes:

    Bob Hope Airport first to get bootie concessions

    Upland-based BLT Innovations LLC on Monday installed two vending machines that will dispense a “flightfeet” kit consisting of a plastic shoe bag with a pair of lightweight non-latex, non-skid footwear that the Transportation Security Administration will allow air travelers to wear though the security checkpoint screenings while their shoes and other personal items are being screened.

    “It eliminates what I call the bin ballet: standing on your tiptoes while your shoes are in the bin,” said BLT’s owner, Kelley Kilgannon. “This product will offer passengers an alternative to walking through security checkpoints in socks, nylons or bare feet, and putting shoes in the bag will help the traveler avoid the clutter that results when loose items are put in the screening bins separately.”

    Travelers can use the machines beginning Friday morning. The kit costs $3. BLT gets the items, which are made in China, packages them and puts its company logos on the machines. Each machine holds 180 kits, which are reusable, washable and recyclable. One size fits just about everybody. “They will fit from a size 4 woman up to a size 16 man,” Kilgannon said.

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    Bob Hope Airport first to get bootie concessions

    Upland-based BLT Innovations LLC on Monday installed two vending machines that will dispense a “flightfeet” kit consisting of a plastic shoe bag with a pair of lightweight non-latex, non-skid footwear that the Transportation Security Administration ...


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  2. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    You know, this is not a terrible business idea, but it would have been much more marketable about 5 years ago, far enough into shoe removal to get some folks used to it, and then looking for it. Most of your FFs have something they use already, and the non-FFs will not necessarily know about the shoe removal. Seems a bit late to the game with the shift in RBS strategies as well.
     
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Except that TSA had an idiotic rule that temporary foot coverings must (and perhaps still must? I don't know ...) be discarded when you cleared security.

    Are people paying $3 for reusable booties or booties that must be discarded as you leave the checkpoint?
     
  4. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    My father had this idea immediately following the new shoe removal regulation hit. He pushed me to get it going but I was raising children and figured the shoe ban would be short-lived...silly me.
     
  5. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    We have had the cloth ones since before the shoe removal regulation was put in place, we still currently have them but I am not certain whether it is provided by TSA or our airport. The ones listed above are reusable, washable even. The ones we have are good for a few trips through, but tend to wear out after that.

    We all have things we should have invested in or started up from our past. I could have marketed and done the paracord/550 bracelets online and made a mint, I mean, we made tons of them in the Army, and just never thought they would sell well - silly me, a kid in the neighborhood was wearing one the other day and I asked him about it, he says they are the rage in some middle schools right now and I have seen tons of them at my high school football games.
     

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