Wear Your Belongings to Avoid Baggage Fees and Mishandled Luggage?
I try to avoid checking my baggage whenever possible — to the point where I usually only travel with one bag which I carry onto the airplane with me…
…but what if you are carrying more items with you and want to avoid paying baggage fees at the same time; or perhaps avoid having your luggage thrown around by baggage handlers — such as with this latest incident which occurred at the international airport in Toronto?
Well, one way is to earn elite level status in your preferred frequent flier loyalty program — but that is becoming more difficult in recent years with the spate of perceived devaluations.
Another option is that you may want to consider “wearing” your luggage to avoid paying baggage fees. A company named Ecouterre offers a line of “clothing” which has many pockets where you can store items which you would normally pack in a bag and possibly check before boarding the airplane for your flight.
This concept is not new. Back in January of 2010, I first reported here at The Gate on how FlyerTalk member PTravel was pleasantly surprised that Scott Jordan — the founder and chief executive officer of SCOTTEVEST/SeV Travel Clothing, which also offers clothing where you can store your belongings in an effort to avoid paying baggage fees — personally responded by posting to a discussion on FlyerTalk with a video specifically addressing FlyerTalk members by asking for a wish list on how to improve his company’s products.
Perhaps the products of SCOTTEVEST/SeV Travel Clothing — which also offers a line of “technology enabled clothing” — might have proven to be too successful. Later that year, a controversy was created where Jordan alleged that Delta Sky Magazine rejects ad from Scott eVest because it markets its products as a means to “stay organized and avoid extra baggage fees” with “the most stylish way to beat the system,” possibly threatening to jeopardize Delta Air Lines from profiting on collecting those ancillary baggage fees. Sky magazine is the official on-board magazine for Delta Air Lines.
I hardly doubt that since that controversy first surfaced that the products of either SCOTTEVEST/SeV Travel Clothing or Ecouterre have significantly impacted the revenue to Delta Air Lines derived from the collection of billions of dollars of fees to check baggage — but that did not stop Jordan from posting a video back in 2011 with an update pertaining to a supposed response by the Transportation Security Administration which was published in the Washington Post:
That might not be the only problem, as FlyerTalk members have reported issues with the quality of products manufactured by Scottevest. FlyerTalk member stairclimber posted a list of similar products manufactured by alternative companies…
…but despite that, FlyerTalk members regularly post when there is a sale on Scottevest products in the Travel Products forum — and occasionally in the Women Travelers forum as well — on FlyerTalk.
I am not sure I personally would want to wear something that can tend to be too heavy to wear — especially when loaded with enough belongings to fill up a piece of luggage. Whenever I travel, I want to wear something comfortable. I do not even like wearing a jacket when I drive a car because I tend to get hot — even during a cold winter.
I have never worn a garment such as the ones manufactured by the companies mentioned in this article; so I cannot give an opinion or a recommendation. If the day ever arrives where I can try “wearable luggage”, I will let you know how I feel about it — but until then, I will travel in a manner which has been simple, tried and true for me…
…I will simply continue to travel with one bag with all of the belongings I want and need with which I can carry onto the aircraft.
Have you ever worn — or would you ever consider wearing — “wearable luggage”? If so, what are your thoughts?