When flying upfront in premium cabins like First or Business Class I’ve always found it exciting to see what the amenity kit will look like.
Last month I wrote about the most awesome airline amenity kits.
During flights we’ve received some really nice kits (Lufthansa’s Oktoberfest Inspired Kit) and some major disappointments (Finnair’s Business Class Kit). We’ve also received a couple of basic amenity kits when flying in the back of the plane.
Recently American Airlines honored the past with a line of new amenity kits. I’d love to get one of these for my collection but don’t think I’ll be flying an AA premium cabin while they are given out.
Kim and I have also collected a few items to make Lucas his very own kiddie amenity kit.
So why all of the mention of airline amenity kits?
Well, I was doing some reading online and came across a USA Today article about Cool travel hacks: new uses for airline amenity kits.
The article had a slideshow with some very nice amenity kits along with ways to repurpose them. The most popular options were using the kits as a tablet case and for women to use some as an evening bag.
Along with these ideas the article also mentioned “many frequent fliers who travel “up front” leave the kits behind, and while airlines don’t necessarily encourage this, as you file past business and first upon deplaning you won’t get arrested if you grab a kit that’s been left behind on a seat“.
This made me wonder if any of you have ever taken amenity kits left behind at the end of a flight?
A couple of times I’ve taken kits while flying in coach as I exited the plane. I tried to be discreet about it, one time making believe I was tying my shoe as I bent down and snagged a case, while the other time I used Lucas as a shield! While flying home on Lufthansa in Business Class, one time I took an extra kit (the Oktoberfest version) while waiting to leave the plane.
On these few occasions I don’t think that any flight attendants saw me taking the kits but I did wonder if they’d care. I consider that what I did was actually help them clean up the aircraft. The kits were opened and not useable anymore so why would it matter if I took something that would most likely go in the garbage!
So, what do you think:
- Is it wrong to take amenity kits while exiting the plane?
- Have you ever snagged an amenity kit while flying in coach as you got off of the plane?
Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below!