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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Luggage you wear: Want to beat baggage charges of the budget airlines? Then try these bizarre outfits for size

By DAVID WILKES

Take more on board: The Jaktogo transforms from a bag, left, into a coat or dress, right, with extra pockets for taking holiday essentials onto a flight

They're hardly the most flattering things to wear at the airport check-in desk.
But if you don't mind a few smirks and puzzled looks from other travellers, these outfits could save you money.
In fact, their designers say they could save frequent flyers thousands of pounds. Engineer John Power invented the 'wearable luggage' to beat the baggage charges levied by budget airlines.
A £56 coat, made of light but strong polyester, has 14 variously-sized pockets which can hold a total of 15kg of luggage.

'Not the prettiest thing': Inventor John Power admits the dress won't win any style awards but it will come in handy if you don't want to pay for excess baggage on budget flights

After boarding, the Jaktogo can be folded up and carried as a shoulder bag. It also comes in a dress version.
Irishman Mr Power, 57, who lives near Antwerp in Belgium, said he travels twice a week using budget airlines.
Though their advertised ticket prices are often low, most airlines charge extra for hold luggage.

Carry on: Airlines like Ryanair charge passengers for more than one item of hand luggage or if their bag weighs more than 10kg. The Jaktogo allows people to get around this by adding items to the coat's many pockets

This summer Ryanair charged up to £60 per 15kg piece of checked luggage if paid in advance – and up to £240 at the airport.
Weight limits are strictly enforced and breaking them incurs further charges.
However, budget carriers allow passengers to take one piece of hand luggage on board for free.

They also allow jackets or coats – so Mr Power's invention allows travellers to by-pass the charges altogether.
Mr Power said: 'I do get some funny looks at the airport but I usually sell about ten after every trip.' The Jaktogo is available online.

source: dailymail



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