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CoatChex Offers Convenient Solution to Coat-Carrying Conundrum Faced by Flyers Bound for Warmer Climates

CoatChex Offers Convenient Solution to Coat-Carrying Conundrum Faced by Flyers Bound for Warmer Climates
Jackie Reddy

Those lucky enough to escape a New York winter for warmer climates face just one problem: While they’re basking in the sun, what should they do with their unwanted and unnecessary winter coats? For JetBlue Airways’ passengers departing from Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), CoatChex could be the solution.

With CoatChex, passengers can securely store their winter gear at the airport for just $2 a day. When JetBlue customers drop off their items at a kiosk, they can input their return trip details on a tablet, which allows CoatChex to have their belongings ready when they land.

As a security measure, a photo of the passenger and their item is taken to ensure that the correct traveler collects it. Should passengers’ travel plans change and they decide not to return via JFK, CoatChex will mail their items back to them for free. For additional convenience, CoatChex is entirely digital, meaning there’s no need to worry about misplaced tickets.

“Everyone loves the concept,” Eric Loos, CoatChex’s vice president of operations, told New York Daily News. “It makes sense for customers and the airlines. We’re moving coats out of the overhead bins.”

While some overburdened JetBlue passengers have embraced this service, not many know that checking their bulky winter clothing is an option. A trial CoatChex booth debuted at JFK in early 2014. It was replaced last November with a circular station situated just beyond security.

Although passenger uptake is currently low, CoatChex hopes to roll out the service to additional airports later this year.

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6 Comments

  1. eajusa

    February 2, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Absolutely cool! I would use this service, no doubt.

  2. BuildingMyBento

    February 2, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Taking a page from ICN…also, this wouldn’t work on international flights to the US because everyone has to go through immigration first. So, if CoatChex puts the booths where check-in is, that could work.

  3. sdsearch

    February 2, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    CoatChex hopes to roll out the service to additional airports, but has no plans to roll it out to other terminals at JFK??? So was this designed only for JetBlue passengers, period???

  4. BalbC

    February 2, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    How novel. Coat storage has been available at NRT, HND and KIX (and no doubt other airports) for many many years. In South Korea, both major airlines offer (used to offer?) this service for free. I’m sure I’ve seen it in Germany also.

  5. ATWBY2020

    February 3, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Only for Jet Blue customers ??
    Or to any one ??

    Thanks

  6. emcampbe

    February 3, 2015 at 8:20 am

    i was wondering year’s ago why no one has figured out this is needed. Hopefully we’ll see this at more airports soon.

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