Love them or hate them, one thing is increasingly certain in this skittish, security-conscious world. Clear Bags are not only here to stay as both a fashion and security icon. They’re increasingly required in a broader and broader range of scenarios. Their benefits in the security world are so obvious. In fact, that it’s time to start seriously preparing for a world where carrying clear bags is no longer an optional fashion statement. They are not a simple convenience for those few times when we know in advance that security will require them, but rather a constant presence in our lives.
Schools Handing Out Clear Backpacks And Clear Bags
We’ve seen news of school implementing policies for clear bags for its students before, but Shelby County Schools in Tennessee have taken this one step further. Not only do they now require clear backpacks for the students at nine elementary schools, they gave out free clear backpacks and clear bags to the kids.
This ruffled some parents’ feathers. They’d already done their school year shopping and now realize they wasted money on backpacks. But the implications are obvious. Clear bags are increasingly required in schools all over the country, including schools with no history of violence. The clear backpack giveaway implies we’re soon not going to have any choice at all. If institutions give away clear bags, any economic excuse not to adhere to a clear school bags policy disappears.
Security Implications of Clear Bags
How long can it possibly be before air travel, domestic and international, requires clear bags? Currently, all liquids must be in bottles of approved size and be carried in a clear bag of approved size. While checked luggage will probably never be required to be clear, it’s certainly not only possible that carry-on luggage will be required to be clear, but increasingly probable in light of how quickly the idea is catching on in other security situations like public events, office buildings, and, obviously schools.
Requiring that carry-on luggage be clear would immediately improve security in several key ways:
- Screening and boarding would be made more efficient, faster, and more secure as TSA workers would not need to rely on difficult-to-parse security scanners.
- DP Flight attendants and other passengers would be able to spot potentially dangerous items that somehow get past the pre-boarding screening process. Check airport liquid carry on rules.
Best of all, as with other security scenarios there would be no loss of convenience for passengers, as the carry-on bags could be the same size and configuration as they are currently, just clear. In fact, convenience would arguably be improved as there would be less rooting-around in a bag searching for things in the tight quarters of an economy-class seat!
One thing is certain: Clear handbags from The Clear Bag Store will be there for you. (And don’t forget clear plastic bags wholesale for big savings.) Security concerns never lessen. As time goes on, threats become more creative as security professionals and agencies close off one threat vector after another. While the ‘status quo’ may hold for a period of time, there is always going to be the next threat – and eventually will be seen as a necessity.