Airmule

Earn money while flying by selling excess luggage allowance.

Airmule is the world's largest on-board courier platform. Our travelers earn money during their flights by selling most or all of their excess luggage allowance.

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8 Reviews3.6/5

You are solely responsible of what you bring into a country. If this happens to contain illegal items - you're the one going to jail. Doesn't matter how good your screening is - it is never worth the risk.

Pros:

Cheap flights

Cons:

risk of going to jail for drug trafficking

Hi David! Valid concern, however our model prohibits that activity. We're not a platform that allows just anybody to ship through our service. Our shipping providers are those with a high-frequency need for daily/weekly/monthly international express shipping, nearly all of which happen to be in the e-commerce space. The items we receive are typically purchased online by our shipping partners' end users in the US or China.
This sort of terrifies me, yet also oddly intrigues me.....
@caitlin_northup Anything I can help answer?
I'm curious how you avoid drug trafficking, @roryfelton.
@roryfelton @rrhoover Not just drugs but also any illegal item. How do you guys solve this issue?
@rrhoover @renatorotsztejn Our model inherently prevents this kind of activity. We're not a platform that allows just anybody to ship through our service. Our shipping providers are those with a high-frequency need for daily/weekly/monthly international express shipping, nearly all of which happen to be in the e-commerce space. The items we receive are typically purchased online by our shipping partners' end users in the US or China.
@rrhoover @renatorotsztejn @jschwitzke Frankly, you need a better answer on this. My background is in counterterrorism and this sets off a bunch of alarm bells. The primary question, what controls are in place to track the 'chain of evidence'/audit trail for the boxes and what was inside them? Can you tell me with 100% certainty who has touched a box and why along the way? How do you verify the box received is the same as the box originally given? Example: Drugs are easy to hide between two layers of cardboard and printing boxes, as you know, is trivial, especially in China. Given your focus on 'high frequency shippers' your exposure to manipulation is vastly increased.
@shloky Appreciate your response. And please excuse the brevity, but bulleted feedback here: - we partner with TSA certified shipping companies - yes, we can tell you every individual who has touched a container along the way - we manually screen each received item as an added measure - we document each item as it's received and delivered (photographs) - each container is sealed with security tape before traveler check in - we intentionally operate only via checked luggage (checked luggage go through enhanced security measures before being loaded onto a plane) - all travelers receive digital manifests (photos and descriptions) - our travelers are allowed to inspect their containers
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I recently heard Airmule on this podcast: http://extrapackofpeanuts.com/fl... Seems like a pretty awesome idea - make money by putting your extra luggage space to use. Hope to see them in more airports soon. They are currently operating in airports in the Bay area, LA, and NYC, for international flights to and from China.
@daviswbaer Thanks for the share!
It’s so funny, because when working on Kindred we considered pivoting to exactly the premise of this app—it’s so hard to get proper Vegemite here in the States, and those German chocolates that I like. People had all kinds of things they wanted but couldn’t get where they lived. The idea is good, because it’s all about filling a market inefficiency by maximizing unused space. But the name...oh, the name...you must obviously be aware of its implication...and the fact that “mules”—the drug smuggling kind—are usually desperate victims of poverty, oppression, and manipulation, so I don’t really get trust from the name.
@rueter The name is definitely polarizing, we can admit. But in the defense of our founding team (many of whom were born in China), the term "mule" in China has a drastically different connotation than it does here in the United States. To be labeled a "mule" in China refers mainly to one's sturdiness, work ethic and durability.