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Here's a simple product that makes one part of traveling less stressful.

I'm usually carrying too many things already when I go through an airport. Having a pouch around my neck that holds my boarding pass and ID is wonderful - it is like having a third hand!

 
 
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Travel ID, Ticket and Document Pouches

 

The Easy TravelAir Security Pouch conveniently holds your ticket and boarding pass plus has a separate compartment for your Photo ID.

This makes juggling your travel documents a breeze and makes it less likely you'll join the growing number of people that leave their ID behind at security checkpoints.

 

 

Have you noticed an increasing number of people at the airport, carrying a special pouch around their neck in which they have their ticket, boarding pass, and photo ID?

What are these thing, where do you get them, what do they cost, and should you have one too?


What You Need to Show and When

These days, it seems we're all the time showing our ID when passing through an airport. If you're checking baggage or getting a boarding pass at the counter, you'll need to show your ticket and usually your photo ID as well.

Then, when passing through security, you need to show your ID once or even twice (once to a person who allows you to enter into security, and the second time to a person who checks your boarding pass for any security alert codes on your boarding pass).

You might need to show your ID again before boarding the plane (some airlines require it, others realize how absolutely unnecessary it is to ask for ID yet again) plus of course, you'll need to hand over your boarding pass. In total, you could be showing your various documents four or five times just on a single trip through the airport.

How These Pouches Help You

These pouches are elegantly simple in context. They provide a dedicated place to put your necessary travel documents all together, so you don't have to worry about dropping or losing them, and you can conveniently present them, as a set, to the various people asking to see them.

In addition, there may be extra features also offered like a zip up compartment to keep other items in, a privacy flap to fold over the otherwise displayed ID and boarding pass details, and more storage on the other side that also isn't visible while you carry it around in public.

Different Pouch Designs and Suppliers

There are at least three or four different types of pouches on the market, with only a few points of difference between them.

One example is the 'Easy TravelAir' Security Pouch, sold through their own website, with an online special of $10 each plus $4.95 for shipping (the shipping charge is fixed, no matter how many you order). It has two compartments in the front - one for photo ID and one for your ticket and boarding pass. The ticket/boarding pass sticks out the top of the holder, making it easy for you (or the security person) to pull it out to inspect.

The space for photo ID is plenty large enough for any normal driver's license, but it is too small to fit an open passport (the opening is 4" wide; a passport is just under 5" wide).

On the back side there is a zip up compartment to store whatever else you might want to store plus another open compartment for other things you might want to conveniently access. One comment - Easy TravelAir suggest putting your cellphone in the zip up compartment. I disagree. If you only put non-metallic items in the pouch, you don't need to take if off when going through the metal detector, but if you have your phone or keys or pocket change in the pouch, of course you have to put it through the X-ray machine instead.

The neck strap, made out of a braided cord, is adjustable in length so you can have it conveniently at whatever position you want on your chest, and the main pouch is made out of durable woven nylon, similar to that used on softsided luggage.

Several other examples of slightly different travel pouches can be found at Magellan's.

A Great Gift Idea, Too

These low priced but useful items would seem to make good gifts for the frequent travelers in your life.

In addition, Easy TravelAir can custom print your logo or slogan on their pouches and provide them to you in bulk to be used as corporate gifts. It is getting hard to think of a corporate gift that people will actually use for an extended time - these promise to be reasonably priced (especially in bulk) and something that people would use for many years to come.

Summary

While having a bit of the 'pencil protector' aura about them, these pouches can be a convenient way of keeping your vital travel documents easily at hand as you go through an airport. You have less chance of losing them and won't be delayed desperately searching through your carryons to find your tickets and ID when you need them.

A simple solution, and a small price to pay for the convenience they offer.

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Originally published 18 April 2003, last update 19 Dec 2013

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