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SCOTTEVEST Carry on Coat to Help Beat the Airline Baggage Scam

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Flying has been a lot less friendly since airlines implemented tougher limits on baggage and charging from checked bags. A new SCOTTEVEST jacket is designed with enough pockets to store everything most people would pack on a weekend trip.

The SCOTTEVEST (SeV) Carry on Coat has 33 pockets, including a couple of large ones that can hold garments and shoes. If our experience with SeV garments is any indication, travelers will be able to pack up to a 13″ notebook, several electronics accessories, a smartphone, digital camera and two or three changes of clothes.

Delta recently rejected a SeV ad, citing security risks and that the ad was misleading since it said that SeV could help avoid checked baggage charges.

I completely understand the airline’s logic of charging customers for what they use, but the system is broken. Comparing prices across airlines is now more difficult, the check-in  process takes longer and cabins are stuffed with luggage that passengers don’t want to pay $25 or more to check, making the boarding process a real pain.

One reason I wear SeV clothing when traveling is so I don’t have to check any of my electronics. My carry-on bag, typically my DSLR camera backpack, is dedicated to camera gear and a notebook. It weighs about 40 pounds and it’s a real pain to take it out of the overhead compartment when flying. I typically carry a smaller computer or iPad in my SeV jacket, along with anything else I might need for the duration of the flight. This makes me a much better row-mate since I don’t have to stand up to get stuff like my headphones, snacks, medicine, etc.

The SeV Carry on Coat will be available soon at SCOTTEVEST.com for $225.

Xavier Lanier is the publisher of Gotta Be Mobile and a photographer. He uses too many devices to count, but his current favorites are the iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nikon D800 and Sony RX 100M II. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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  1. RogerJ

    10/15/2010 at 11:45 am

    I have been using a Domke Photographer’s Jacket (cotton, large, plenty of pockets, zip-off sleeves etc) for eight years, even put a Toshiba Portege M700 in an inside pocket when the airlines started getting shirty a few years ago. Works for me. just need to replace the jacket this year from all its usage.

    I suspect the airlines will eventually make everyone with an SeV coat still check individual items at security, it only needs one nutter to use one to cause an incident.

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