End of Carry-on luggage as we know it?
I'm new to this forum - tho not a Tom Bihn Bag user (yet), I stumbled on information about the Aeronaut somewhere and it made me curious.
Being a bag freak, I currently use a range of shoulder bags, flight bags, duffles and wheeled suitcases from Bree (a German manufacturer mainly of ladies' purses but some sturdy bags as well), Eagle Creek, Tumi, Timbuk2 and Rimowa.
However, my current concern is about the future of carry-on luggage after the foiled plots in London a few weeks ago.
Already, with carry-on luggage we do not only encounter different airline policies (which are much more restrictive in Europe than in the US), but, to an increasing degree, security restrictions.
Remember the pics of London passengers boarding with a clear plastic bag only, carrying not much more than their passports and maybe reading glasses? It seems the UK folks are trying to impose their style - well, maybe not the small see-thru plastic bags, but smaller carry-on luggage for sure - on all EU members (which brings to mind the usual US double standards, imposing much more restrictions on passengers going to the US than the other way round).
I do have the impression that talking about bags fitting into the carry-on legal frame won't do us much good in the future - much less will be allowed. Which means there will be much more bags to be checked in - either because they are considered too big or too heavy, or because we don't want to leave our toothpaste behind.
So should we go for the wheeled variety right away? Or still concentrate on traveling light - after all, there's life after arrival?
This storm won't pass quickly...
I'm afraid this storm won't pass quickly.
Found this on the London Times' online edition:
Even families will be unable to travel with a bag larger than the new hand luggage limit of 45cm wide 35cm long and 16cm deep.
Now compare this to the Aeronaut's dimensions:
22" x 14" x 9" / 555 x 355 x 230mm
If the UK has its saying, any piece of luggage with the Aeronaut's dimensions will not be considered legal carry-on size anymore - thruout Europe, that is. Probably this won't concern you guys in the US, but going international will be a problem.
Maybe an Aeronaut International Edition will be necessary?