It’s December and winter is officially here, which means it’s time for some flights to warm weather destinations! Now, wouldn’t it be nice if you could ditch your winter coat at the airport and pick it up when you return with your tan?

Joe Sharkey, New York Times “On the Road” columnist, reports on such an amenity at select airports – A winter innovation: The airport coat check.

Frankfurt recently expanded a winter-coat service that it introduced last year as a holiday promotion. “Because of the positive feedback, we started the special coat offer earlier this year,” said Robert A. Payne, an airport spokesman. “Previously, passengers didn’t really think of checking their winter coats.” Another coat-check service is offered by Korean Air for its passengers at Incheon International Airport in South Korea. It’s very popular, said Penny Pfaelzer, an airline spokeswoman. “Who wants to lug a winter coast to Hawaii?” she asked.

In most such places, driving to the airport and leaving a coat in the car solves the problem — but lots of people in Europe and Asia take public transportation to the airport. The standard daily price for checking a winter coat at Frankfurt is 50 euro cents, about 67 cents in the United States. At Incheon, Korean Air provides it free to passengers.

Check out the full article here.  Full disclosure, I don’t think I’d actually use this service. I wear a “lightweight but warm enough for the trip to the airport” North Face and then fold it up and place it in my luggage before departing…which seems more convenient than having to pick up my jacket at a coat check upon returning to New York.

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Bacc December 2, 2013 - 3:11 am

For longer term travelers to warmer climes I offer our system. Leave our thrift shop especially purchased coat at the airport hotel with a note to encourage its transfer. Our cold weather stop in Europe was comfortable, we didn’t have to lug a coat through SE Asia and hopefully some person got a free servicable and warm coat We returned in Springtime and were still comfortable

No Fly Zone December 2, 2013 - 3:24 am

As much as I like the general idea, I too don’t think I would use it. With a little careful planning, @BACC’s idea is also a good one, but the harried traveler usually does not have time to arrange such things. An interesting post.


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