Passengers at Burbank Bob Hope Airport will be the first in the country to test out new “flightfeet,” a lightweight plastic shoe aimed at expediting the security checkpoint process.
Two vending machines will be installed this week at the airport by BLT Innovations LLC of Upland, which will sell the kit that contains the non-latex, non-skid footwear. The kit, which includes a plastic shoe bag, costs $3.
The product will allow passengers to wear slippers through the Transportation Security Administration checkpoints while their shoes and luggage are being scanned.
“This product will offer passengers an alternative to walking through security checkpoints in socks, nylons or bare feet, and putting shoes in the supplied shoe bag will help the traveler avoid the clutter that results when loose items are put in the screening bins separately,” said BLT owner Kelley Kilgannon, in a statement.
The agreement between the airport and BLT is month-to-month, according to airport spokesman Victor Gill.
“We will see how it works out,” he said. “We wouldn’t have gone forward if we didn’t think this was a service that would be met with some demand. We think travelers will appreciate this.”