Published on November 1st, 2012 | by Ella Broadhurst-Wilson1
Wearable luggage: Will it take off?
In the never-ending battle between consumer and money grabbing ‘budget’ airlines, the consumer has emerged victorious once again.
An ingenious design from Jaktogo gives the (perhaps slightly less fashion-conscious) customer the ability to actually wear their luggage on the plane. Their range includes the classic jacket as well as dresses and even ponchos.
Though these may seem like extreme measures to take, ‘budget’ airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet are notorious for their sneaky surcharges, and both companies charge £20 per additional kilogram of luggage weight. Is this a reasonable cost for their plane carrying one solitary kilogram more? There is no penalty for being overweight.
On top of excess baggage costs, Ryanair requires the customer to pay for an error in the passenger’s name (£110) and taking infants (£20).
However, though Jaktogo might seem like the only sane way to get through the traumatic affair, it becomes clear when trying to buy a piece of wearable luggage that the prices of their products are so high that you could book an entire flight with the cost. It’s difficult to decide who to hate more – the company which forces you to pay for everything you don’t need or the one which forces you to pay everything for something you do need.
It seems that no matter what we do, we are stuck paying for absolutely nothing.
Gone are the days of fashionable flying – here to stay is cramped seating, paying for inflight drinks and wearing your own luggage.
Featured picture courtesy of Mattes (@Wikimedia Commons)