Limited Carry-Ons, Positive Bag Matching Enhance Security Efforts
PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- One and a half months after implementing the airline industry's strictest carry-on baggage policy, Pan
American Airways Corp. today announced that its efforts to enhance passenger security and maintain the convenience and other advantages of traveling
through its metro-convenient airports have been well received by the traveling public. Pan Am passengers are required to check all bags, including briefcases and laptop computers. Carry-on items are limited to wallets,
purses, books and, for those traveling with infants, diaper bags.
Pan Am's Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Dan Fortnam, said "Our customers' reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. Our passengers have told us that they feel more secure. They also appreciate the fact that they can be cleared promptly through security screening." Fortnam added that "the
limitations on carry-on baggage have also expedited the process of getting our passengers off the aircraft, and on to their destinations."
Pan Am's President, David Fink, said "The hallmark of the Pan Am experience has been the ability of our passengers to enjoy the ease and comfort of traveling through airports which are less crowded and more
customer-friendly. Our strategy regarding carry-on baggage has enabled us to maintain that advantage, while at the same time providing an additional measure of security."
Fortnam also said that the airline goes a step beyond other domestic airlines by utilizing a positive bag matching system, which ensures that all
checked baggage is accompanied on the aircraft by the person who checked it. Other carriers are now evaluating the implications of initiating similar
policies. "This higher standard of safety and security, which is otherwise only required on international flights, is invisible to our passengers, and was built into Pan Am's operating procedures from day one. In that sense, we have always been ahead of the field," he added.
Pan Am recently announced that it would add service at Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) and St. Petersburg-Clearwater (FL) International Airport in December. The airline currently serves
Bangor, ME, Portsmouth, NH, Worcester, MA, Allentown, PA (Lehigh Valley International Airport), Gary/Chicago Airport, Orlando/Sanford International
Airport and San Juan, Puerto Rico.