An Editor’s Journey
As I walked down the bright, empty airport halls, tired and wondering what would make me think of fighting a swarm of bees, my mind continued its non-sequitur journey and a recent interview I had with Tom Migneault, CEO of Ready 4 Kits, Keene, N.H., came to mind.
We had discussed how much of a pain it is to get toiletries past security at the airport, so much so that I actually don’t bother to do it.
Migneault was sympathetic to my whining, and prior to my trip hooked me up with a TSA-friendly bag Ready 4 Kits had just finished designing, aptly titled the “Travel Kit.” He explained the great lengths the company had gone through to design the toiletry bag to meet the TSA’s standards.
The company spent two years designing it, working with TSA staff from a local airport. While the TSA will not officially bless any luggage, they were more than happy to help in the bag’s design. “We went and met with them … and they kind of gave us feedback and ripped it apart, the first concept of it, and then we kept going back to the drawing board … to try to get it to be compliant.” Once it was successfully designed, Migneault and others from Ready 4 Kits began travel-testing the bag. “We’ve been on 96 one-legged flights,” he said, “[and] we’ve never been rejected with this bag. We’ve never had them detach t either.”
The “detachment” Migneault spoke of related to the clever design of the kit. It’s constructed just like a normal toiletry bag, but it has a clear, flip-out pouch for all liquids to pass through airport security checkpoints. This way, you don’t have to pack your liquids separate from your dry toiletries. Just open the bag, flip out the pouch and send it through security, or detach the pouch from the kit if security is feeling particularly fussy.