Amenity Kit Review: American Airlines First Class – Eames Tablet Case

American Airlines last December rolled out new amenity kits and the kind folks at American’s social media team sent me the first class offering earlier this month. I’m thrilled to have it in my collection and offer a review below for this installment of Amenity Kit Reviews. For a better description of each category and the 7-point scale for scoring, please see my introductory post.

American Airlines First Class Amenity Kit

Bag/Container: As with the previous offering, American partnered with Eames for the bag, which in this iteration doubles as a tablet case – nice move! The gray and black zipper bag sports a silver tag bearing the American “brand” near the lower-left corner, sans any eagle or other logo item. And the interior, featuring the Eames Dot Pattern, has two side pockets – one mesh, the other padded (in which you’d store your tablet). Reusability as a toiletries case is low, but very high as a tablet case or other carrying item. Score: 6

Interior of American's Amenity Kit

Skin Care: American again partnered with Dermalogica to provide some skin care products, including active moist lotion and multivitamin hand and nail treatment. The lotion contains no artificial fragrance or color, but I detect a very light and pleasant “clean” scent. The hand lotion is scentless and absorbs quickly, but does leave your fingertips a touch greasy. The brand-less lip balm is effective and has a very subtle mint taste. Finally, a scentless moist towelette rounds out the skin care items inside the kit. Score: 5

Oral Care: A half-size, medium-bristled toothbrush with a plastic cover and tube of standard flavored Colgate toothpaste are included with the kit. American thankfully increased the size of the toothpaste from the previous version, which was tiny. But I think they failed in this category yet again by neglecting to add mouthwash, or even mints. Why not spiff the first class offering up a bit? Score: 3

Comfort Items: Eyeshades and socks are banded together with a paper strap. The eyeshades have an adjustable Velcro strap, which affords a comfortable fit. For single-use, the socks are fine, but aren’t the most durably made. Additional comfort items include soft earplugs, a package of tissues and – provided separately and not pictured – pajamas (which bumps the score up from a 4… more U.S. airlines need to add PJs).  Score: 6

Intangibles: Providing an amenity kit doubling as a tablet case is a first for a U.S. airline and American scores bonus points (or rather… point) here for that reason alone. It doesn’t emit exclusivity per se, but it’s a definite step up from the previous version. Added bonuses in the kit are a pen and a cloth for cleaning eyeglasses or electronic screens. Score: 5

Total score & comments:

American used to provide the same kit for first and business class, so I’m happy they’ve adjusted their position by offering different products between cabins. Beyond the case itself, I don’t think they’ve done enough, however, to truly elevate this first class offering above its predecessor. Now I just need to get my hands on the business class kit… 😉

Related posts:

Amenity Kit Review Introduction

Amenity Kit Review: American Airlines Premium First and Business Class (2011)

Amenity Kit Review: American Airlines Premium First and Business Class (2010)

Comments

  1. Darren – just got back from a biz class intl flight on AA with the new kit – shoot me a note and I’ll send you an extra kit I picked up!

  2. While a tablet bag is useful, but the contents are the same as J class. If they decide the have a separate bag for F, they should have different contents, something more than J class have, like howabout a comb ? mouthwash ? facial mist/spray ? UA’s current F kit content is about right.

  3. You have forgotten that F/C also gets slippers! (Or perhaps someone neglected to offer/bring these to your attention on your flight.)

    They’re navy with a white eagle on the “strap”, which closes and adjusts for customer size/comfort over the foot with velcro. I love them for bathroom breaks!

    • @Sarah: Ah yes, forgot to mention the slippers! American sent me this kit directly as they know I’m an aficionado and hadn’t obtained one by flying yet.

  4. We just flew AA First, Chicago/Heathrow. I’ve saved lots of bags from 30 years ago forward, but these went in the trash. Other passengers did not use or take. We all agreed that the toxic, kerosene smell emanating from the bag was overwhelming. What on earth did they produce these from??

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