Samsonite India Pvt Ltd’s Silhouette Nine, a new range of luggage from the company’s Nasik plant, is going to make life easy for both customs officials at US airports and the travellers.
Ever since 9/11, international travellers to the US have had to open up their luggage for customs check. Very often they find things missing from their bags and blame baggage handlers. Incidences of friction between the passengers and ground staff at US airports have risen quite a bit over the past few years.
“Those using Silhouette Nine luggage will not need to open their baggage themselves while travelling to the US,” said Samsonite India president Dr Ramesh Tainwala. According to arrangements with the Travel Safety Advisory Board of the US, Samsonite would make available master keys of the Silhouette Nine luggage to US custom officials who, when required, would be able to open the bags themselves and conduct searches, he said. None other than the custom officials at the 1400 entry points into the US would be able to open the luggage.
The Silhouette, which will come in six models and 18 colours, will be launched in the US some time during the Xmas season. The product, with a price tag of $250 and above, would be the first-of-its-kind in the world, claimed Dr Tainwala.
US-based luggage designer Bill King has designed the Silhouette for Samsonite India.