Burbank-Bob Hope Airport unveiled two new additions to their terminals Tuesday morning, with two “Flightfeet” vending machines just before Terminal A and B’s TSA security checkpoints. For $3, passengers may purchase a pair of “Flightfeet,” lightweight booties which can be worn during the checkpoint, rather than having to go in socks or barefoot.
Flightfeet were invented by BLT Innovations president and chief executive Kelley Kilgannon and their availability at Burbank-Bob Hope Airport is a first for airports across the country.
Rocky J. Tindage, Business Analyst for the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, was the first person Kilgannon contacted about featuring Flightfeet at the airport.
“I thought it was a very innovative idea,” Tindage said at the unveiling in Terminal A.
According to Kilgannon, Flightfeet are washable, recyclable and reusable. The machines hold up to 824 pairs of Flightfeet and also come with a bag to store them in for future use.
Kilgannon first conceived of Flightfeet at an airport security checkpoint, a situation which all post 9/11 air travelers are familiar with.
“I feel that it’s a way to speed up the process, so people can take care of getting their things together sooner and we all don’t suffer through what I call the ‘bin ballet’ where people take off their shoes at the last second.”
After the machine was unveiled, Kilgannon, along with her family and friends, personally handed out free samples for those passing by, on their way to the security checkpoint.
Flightfeet are Upland based BLT Innovations’ first product and while Kilgannon has done well to have Flightfeet featured at Burbank-Bob Hope Airport, she is still interested in spreading the word further.
“I still would like to see them in more airports,” said Kilgannon. “But we’ll wait a little bit before we start thinking about world domination.”