Once the bees are in the collection box (whether it is a hive body or screened box) the pressure is reduced and the bees can crawl about easily. I doubt you'll need the felt, just make sure you have a relief valve of some sort in the system so that you can adjust the suction down to where it will gently pull the bees in.
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
Theodore Roosevelt 1907