When the business landscape changes dramatically like it did this past week with new airline travel restrictions, there are always new business opportunities that can be seized by enterprising entrepreneurs. Are you one of them?
I travel via the airlines quite frequently though I wasn’t traveling this week during the chaos that took place. But when I hit the road again in a few days, I’ll have to do it differently. Two of the major impacts are that I won’t be able to carry on my luggage — a practice I started after my luggage was “lost” in transit one too many times, and I won’t be able to take my prized bottle of water.
On top of that, instead of arriving at the airport two hours early I’ll have to add an additional hour (yuck!) to my travel plans each way to accommodate for having to check baggage instead of using a self service kiosk and longer lines at the security checkpoint. It really stinks when a two to three hour flight turns into an eight hour travel day!
But smart entrepreneurs can help ease the pain of business travelers by thinking creatively. Here are just a few ideas that would help ease what has become the misery of airline travel.
- Offer a quick mailing option for those travelers who forgot they couldn’t take liquids or pastes on board. These could be small unattended kiosks strategically placed around the airport. The mailer should include prepaid postage and be padded. Even better would be for the airline to carry that package in the baggage area so the stuff arrives when the passenger does.
- Since most women’s make up is liquid, and has become a carry on “no-no,” airline stores and hotels could create beauty packs that include the basics — foundation and mascara — in small travel sizes for sale to customers. And let’s not forget deodorant which is also a banned item. Can you imagine an entire population not wearing deodorant? Give me a clothespin for my nose please!
- Create a prescreened way for me to get through security quicker. This idea is already in progress but has stalled. It’s time to get it moving.
- Airlines could partner with airline stores or independent vendors to offer drinks once passengers have entered the jet way. Heck, it’s a hurry up and wait situation anyway. You might as well sell me some water or another beverage while I’m waiting.
So there you have it. Four quick ideas off the top of my head. I’m sure there are plenty more opportunities for someone to make a buck. What do you suggest? Leave me a comment.