• Would you trust a robot to handle your bags at the airport?

    Emirates can’t understand why robots – like the ones used by Amazon's warehouses – aren’t handling airport baggage yet. Outlining what automation, artificial intelligence and big data can do for air travel, the carrier’s President Tim Clark laid out a vision in whic...

    POSTED 5 Jun, 2018 5 Comments

  • In search of the perfect carry-on bag

    Business travellers put a lot of thought into picking the perfect carry-on bag, and that's as it should be. For the frequent flyer, the right hand luggage lets you zip through security, make an overnight trip without the time-consuming hassle of checked bags – and keep your gear safe ...

    POSTED 29 Apr, 2014 19 Comments

  • World's lightest carry-on luggage

    It comes as a surprise to many travellers when they first weigh their cabin bag empty -- the average heavy-duty nylon business wheel-aboard weighs about 5KG! That leaves a piffling 2KG for the contents of the bag, given Qantas and Virgin Australia's weight limit of 7KG. It then becomes obvious ...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2011 3 Comments

  • Suitcases and bags: two wheels or four?

    If you want a fiery debate along the lines of Holden vs Ford or Windows vs Mac, host a barbeque with some frequent travellers and bring up the issue of two wheel vs four wheel roller bags. You may be surprised by the strength of the responses. Some people really resent those who aren't licensed ...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2011 5 Comments

  • New Qantas baggage allowance: only one bag checked free, you pay for the rest

    Tough new baggage allowances come into play today for Qantas, with most passengers on domestic flights limited to one checked bag – even if they're a member of the Qantas Club or hold Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver or Gold status. Qantas is also introducing new baggage limits and excess...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2011 8 Comments

  • Qantas boosts international checked baggage allowance for frequent flyers

    High-status frequent flyers are the winners in Qantas’ June 1st rejig of international checked luggage allowances, especially in business class and first class.While the new checked luggage scheme for domestic flights is a mixed bag for many travellers, including some frequent flyers, the r...

    POSTED 24 Jan, 2011 1 Comment

  • Bags drenched in sewage at Heathrow debacle

    Next time you’re getting annoyed about how long your luggage is taking to arrive, spare a thought for the passengers at Heathrow Airport who had their bags destroyed by raw sewage. 240 suitcases at Heathrow’s Terminal One were doused in the mess after a nearby waste pipe burst, sendi...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • STM totes two new laptop bags

    Aussie tech bag tyros STM have unpacked two new ways to lug your laptop to the office, the airport, the hotel or anywhere in between. The nattier of the pair is the $90 Vertical Small Laptop Shoulder Bag, which is pretty much exactly what the name says. It’s made for the many notebooks whi...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2010 0 Comments

  • Suitcase + scooter = Micro-Samsonite!

    Spend a bit too much time relaxing in the lounge or browsing the shops, then have to hot-foot it to the gate before a ‘personal boarding call’ comes over the PA? This could be just the ticket. Samsonite introduced one of its cabin-sized hard shell cases to a portable scooter, served ...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2010 2 Comments

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