IT CAME IN THE MAIL

IT CAME IN THE MAIL

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

An occasional look at products the travel industry insists we need.

WHAT: See-through travel bags.

AIMED AT: Travelers who want to be utterly transparent at airport security checkpoints.

HOW MUCH: $24 to $48.

BUT DO THEY WORK? We see you . . . ratty passport, Harlequin romance novel, chewed pens, half-eaten granola bar and all. The line of bags by 02H, which cryptically stands for Zero to Hide, makes public our most private carry-on items. The satchels come in five styles -- all but one are carry-on appropriate -- and are made of clear plastic with shiny black accents.

Only an open window offers better views. With the back bag sling, for example, our striped shirt created an interesting backdrop for our anthill of contents.

If you're a messy packer, you might feel sheepish trotting through the airport with an exhibitionist bag. However, at security, what you lose in privacy you might gain in boarding time. For more discretion, choose the messenger bag. The top flap bares all, but the covered inner compartment hides your more secret self.

-- Andrea Sachs

02H bags are available through the company at 888-5-02HIDE, http://www.02hide.com.


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