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Thread: Tip for Aeronaut, TriStar and Western Flyer Owners

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    Tip for Aeronaut, TriStar and Western Flyer Owners

    The back pocket that stores the backpack straps on the Aeronaut, TriStar or Western Flyer is a great place for magazines, newspaper, and other flat items. I think this pocket may be forgotten about by a lot of owners. I have been putting magazines and travel documents in this pocket for years when I travel and it works great. Even with the straps put away, there is still plenty of room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe99 View Post
    The back pocket that stores the backpack straps on the Aeronaut, TriStar or Western Flyer is a great place for magazines, newspaper, and other flat items. I think this pocket may be forgotten about by a lot of owners. I have been putting magazines and travel documents in this pocket for years when I travel and it works great. Even with the straps put away, there is still plenty of room.
    Yes! What he said. ;-) And I find this is particularly handy if you want to quickly stash something away just before disembarking. I pull the bag out from the overhead bin by the ever convenient hand straps on the side, set it on end, unzip the back pocket and insert newspaper, magazines, etc.

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    I love the back pocket on my Westeern Flyer. It's convenient for newspapers, magazines, etc. as the others have said. If I'm asked to consolidate bags at the airport and I'm carrying my Side Effect, Imago or Ristretto, and WF I can usually shove the Side Effect into the back pocket (if the WF isn't fully stuffed) and easily grab it before putting the WF in the overhead.
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    <long, slow blink>

    What a great tip! I never even thought of double usage for that pocket. I love you guys!

    Thanks joe99.

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    I've used it to stash a windbreaker/light jacket when out and about. This way I can put the jacket on or take it off and store it without having to open any of the main compartments.
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    It's where I store my flip flops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe99 View Post
    The back pocket that stores the backpack straps on the Aeronaut, TriStar or Western Flyer is a great place for magazines, newspaper, and other flat items. I think this pocket may be forgotten about by a lot of owners. I have been putting magazines and travel documents in this pocket for years when I travel and it works great. Even with the straps put away, there is still plenty of room.
    Oh I have a story to share!


    My husband and I were traveling home from London some years ago, and the security agent stopped my husband and asked him if he had a bottle in his carry-on (which I believe was his Tri-Star). He immediately shook his head and said no, to which the agent repeated the question. "Are you SURE you don't have a bottle in your bag?" My husband looked at the agent, puzzled as to why she would be asking him this very odd question. After all, both he and I are experienced air travelers and we know better than to try to carry large bottles of filled liquid in our carry-ons. Yes?

    "Well the machine indicates you have a bottle. But let's run it through again to make sure." So they pull his bag aside, and run it through the machine. Yet again, the agent says the bottle appears clearly in the machine. Finally, the agent asks if she may open his bag. He complies.

    She starts opening all the various pockets and zippers in his Tri-Star, and being a neat and organized packer (using packing cubes, etc.), this inspection is very easy and smooth... except for the mystery bottle.

    Finally, the agent flips the bag around, back side up, and unzips the back pocket with the hideaway backpack straps.

    She peers inside. Her eyebrows arch a bit as she sticks her hand in the pocket. Out comes a liter bottle of Coke! Ta-da! The agent felt quite pleased at the find, while my husband stood there slapping his head for forgetting all about it.

    It's a good thing the agent had a sense of humor about it. An apology from my husband, a light "cheerio" from the agent, and we were on our merry way.
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