It would be helpful for people not to just throw away their unsafe-for-flight things. I am talking about pocket knives, razors, scissors etc. not haz-mat substances. For example, a new Victorinox can cost ~$20, might be cheaper to courier or rent a box.

Re-asked from http://www.quora.com/Why-are-there-no-courier-services-or-box-rentals-near-airport-security

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    In case you forgot this in your pocket? Jul 6, 2015 at 15:26
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    Would have loved that, rather than spend $75 to check another bag with the $15 knife (that had sentimental value).
    – KRyan
    Jul 6, 2015 at 18:12
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    I forgot a pair of scissors in my luggage when leaving China. They found the scissors in security, gave me a lanyard that would allow me to use the employee screening entrance and showed me to the full post office located outside security.
    – Phil
    Jul 6, 2015 at 22:30
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    It shouldn't be a 3rd party service that you have to pay. Quite simply, they should return your belongings at their expense. Currently, it's outright theft.
    – magma
    Jul 8, 2015 at 0:56

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Many US airports do in fact have a "mail back" kiosk near security, where you can drop off your pocket knife, attach a form with your address and some money (postage plus a hefty markup), and have it mailed back to you. Airport Mailers is one of the companies that operates these kiosks; they claim to have kiosks in these 22 airports (elsewhere on their site they say 28).

  • Thanks for the information. Maybe I missed it in JFK where I had a small Victorinox pocket knife with me. AFAIK, there is no such thing in Indian airports. I have lost many items to the security.
    – BiGYaN
    Jul 7, 2015 at 19:18

Even if they don't, it's a matter of being a bit quick and resourceful. If you have sufficient time it should not be a problem.

Same thing happened to me at Schiphol with a rather expensive Leatherman Tool. Went back out, down to the newspaper stand and brought a boatload of postage stamps. They were even kind enough to give me a free envelope (otherwise I was going to wrap it in a sheet of paper). Dropped it in the mailbox and went back, took perhaps 15 minutes in all. Needless to say a very strange letter but was lying in the mailbox when I got back.

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    at any U.S. airport I've been to, it's not easy to get from the airport to anything in town.
    – djechlin
    Jul 6, 2015 at 20:10
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    @djechlin I never left the terminal... Jul 6, 2015 at 20:35
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    "If you have sufficient time" is an important qualifier. You are trading the value to you of the object against the chance of missing the flight, which clearly changes a lot depending on how much time you have. The services in the airport recognize this and price their services very high accordingly. Jul 7, 2015 at 2:20

There are services like that in Germany. I twice forgot to check in my Victorinox knife, and they found it during the hand luggage control step. So they just offered this service and it was sent back to me to Moscow by mail. It was in Berlin in two different airports.

It worked like that: you pick an envelope from a stand nearby and put your thing there. Then you write your address on it and hand the envelope to an officer. He checks it and give you a reference number from the service company. Then after landing you go to the bank and transfer ~20 euros to the bank account with this reference number included.

  • My wife ribs me that I have a $200 knife that I could buy for $35. It is slightly more valuable than the price the in-airport service charges, so I mail it home when I forget. Then again.... Jul 7, 2015 at 2:22

Answer : co-incidence or rather obvious planning.


  • Suppose you were designing an area to filter physical content (things & stuff) on it's way to airplanes, in direct opposition to the intentions of potentially violent non-law abiding people.

  • Imagine a box directly next to your area in which at any time these potentially violent non-law abiding people could deposit substances or things which may (after a pre configured delay) instantly scatter the content of your area (things & stuff & people) all over the tarmac.

You would have to plan not only for potentially frequent rebuilding of this area (which would admittedly facilitate later improvements), but also for frequent hiring of replacement employees. This can be expensive, and might make your planning appear insufficient.


You could request that the airport move the scary box to another location in the airport. This is comparatively free.

There are additional concerns which involve other sorts of intentional hazards. There is the additional concern of increased foot traffic near what is supposedly a secured area (both user access of owner maintenance). My expectation is that either cost or coincidence is the single driving factor.


Because there are plenty of postal services you can use before you reach the airport. If you couldn't be bothered to pay attention to what you were putting in your luggage before you got to security, that's your own fault; I see no reason for an airport to expend the cost of making up for it.

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    I'm pretty sure an airport could easily make money on that service, I see enough people complaining about their expensive something-or-other in security lines that a service that charges a bunch to take it, wrap it and send it somewhere seems like it could be pretty profitable. Depends on the size of the airport I guess.
    – SpaceDog
    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:00
  • @SpaceDog: Fair enough. I think my extreme distaste for lazy/thoughtless people with no sense of personal responsibility (particularly at busy airports) is showing through. :) Jul 7, 2015 at 12:22
  • @SpaceDog: For the services I mentioned in my answer, they are operated by private companies that charge an additional fee beyond the postage. They presumably pay some fee to the airport for the use of their space. So the airport isn't expending any cost; they're making money. The private company is certainly hoping to make a profit; I don't know whether or not they actually do. But it isn't being funded as a public service. Jul 7, 2015 at 19:26
  • @NateEldredge: Very few airports are :) Jul 7, 2015 at 19:27

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