The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)'s Instagram account is a real hoot, featuring weird, ridiculous, and sometimes helpful images of items that are prohibited and permitted to bring on flights. Apparently Jeremy Bentham's mummified head, above, "is allowed in carry-on as long as it's properly packaged, labeleled, and declared..." Also, who knew that Batarangs and Krull Glaives were so popular. From National Geographic:
“It almost looks like we’re in the entertainment business at times,” says Bob Burns, lead social media specialist with the TSA Office of Public Affairs and the man behind the account’s cheeky posts. After leaving his rock band in 2002, Burns originally joined TSA as a screener and later started the Instagram account in 2013—his idea to educate the public in a more engaging way.
“Everyone’s had that teacher where you’re afraid to ask questions because you’ll get criticized or yelled at. The human tone of our Instagram account makes us more approachable,” Burns says. “The majority of our photos are prohibited items and strange things … we try to use that as a teaching moment: A chainsaw is not allowed in your carry-on bag.”
Talk about deadheading... This crusty ol' chap is actually a prop from the #TexasChainsawMassacre movie. He was brought through a checkpoint at the Atlanta (#ATL) International Airport, where as you can see, he was screened and sent on his jolly way. #TSAOnTheJob
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Some might find this nanner knife appealing. I’m guessing you have a bunch of them?
Not that it would stop the TSA from rifling through your clothes, but I do think the transparency of Crumpler's Vis-A-Vis clear suitcase makes a fun statement. The clear polycarbonate trunk is 46.5cm x 68cm x 25cm and sells for AU$745.00.
VIS-A-VIS - TRUNK 68CM CLEAR (via Weird Universe)
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This stately and elegant Whiskey Case was made-to-order by Louis Vuitton in the 1980s. There is one available at posh 20th century design shop Pullman Gallery. From Pullman Gallery:
In effectively unused condition, the square case with top carrying-handle is in gold Epi leather, with gold-plated studs, latches and lock, and original key. The drop-front exposes the interior, lined in deep green alcantara and grained leather and fitted with compartments containing all a whisky connoisseur would require – a single, heavy glass silver-mounted whisky carafe, four whisky beakers, a Thermos-lined ice bucket and a nut or olive dish, all in Sterling silver and marked Christofle for Louis Vuitton. A stamped pair of silver tongs and a corkscrew with cover, completes the set.
I've requested the price. LV's recent updated model of the Whiskey Case is approximately $35,000.
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Legendary poet and high priestess of punk Patti Smith posted photos and details of what she packed for a recent tour.
Smith is on tour right now, playing her iconic album Horses in its entirety (and then some), and I hope to catch one of her always-incendiary and inspiring performances.
I always travel light. Besides my dungarees and my trusty Ann Demeulemeester black jackets, everything can be washed in a sink in a hotel room and laid out on a windowsill to dry. For instance 7 tee shirts (including 4 electric lady teeshirts) and 7 pairs of bee socks.
The worse part, besides saying goodbye to my daughter Jesse, is picking out what books to take. I decide this will be essentially a Haruki Murakami tour. So I will take several of his books including the three volume IQ84 to reread. He is a good writer to reread as he sets your mind to daydreaming while you are reading him. thus i always miss stuff.
I inventory Moleskin notebooks. seven small tubes of Weleda salt toothpaste. witch hazel wipes. Loquat leaf tea bags for cough. essentials like that. I guess I am ready.
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Posh luggage brand Globe-Trotter and boozemaker Chivas teamed up on this steamer trunk design that includes a minibar. Good for long flight delays, I reckon. They'll make you one for just $18,000.
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Featuring the bespoke burgundy fibreboard, American white oak from oak casks and a hand engraved copper plaque made from a retired Scotch whisky stills, the steamer trunk also comes with specially created compartments for shoes, a drawer to hold up to nine watches, oak hangers to hold pristine suits and a beautifully crafted mini bar with mirrored back...
This bag has been my indefatigable mobile office for the past 2 years.
I am a train commuter navigating from Boston’s suburbs into Kendall Square (MIT), Cambridge five days a week. Productivity is important to me during my commuting time and the bag offers outstanding organization and comfort to allow me to work anywhere.
This bag is loaded with organizational features, durably crafted and stylistically elegant (and customizable!). Few bags excel in all three of those critical elements. I use the large size, and while it can be roomy for lighter daily travel, having the extra space accommodates the occasional overnight trip or the large object that I need to tote into my work-space. -- Nathan Chesley
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Hint: It isn't goldfish crackers, a Tom Clancy novel, or clean underwear. Read the rest
They go to Alabama, writes intrepid and daring sock smuggler Dan Lewis.
Skooba Design loaned me an early production model of its upcoming iPad/Tablet Courier V.3 messenger bag.
I've been trying it out for the last couple of days and like it a lot. I've been a fan of Skooba ever since I started using the Laptop Weekender Travel Bag. Like the Weekender, the iPad/Tablet Courier is made from water-repellant micro-ballistic nylon that holds up to rough treatment.
It has a padded inner sleeve, which is suspended from the top of the bag, so if you drop the bag or set it down hard, your tablet won't thunk against the floor or sidewalk. It can also accommodate my 11-inch MacBook Air with ease (though this is an off-label use -- the pocket is not suspended, so it doesn't offer much in the way of drop protection for laptops.") Read the rest
I go somewhere on a plane at least twice a month. For over ten years I’ve used a Briggs & Riley roller carry-on, and I’ve been fairly happy with it. It’s heavy for its small size and the zipper pulls all broke off (I made replacements from binder clips and Sugru) so I’ve been keeping my eye out for a replacement. After hearing great things about the accessibility and capacity of the Skooba Weekender duffle, I decided to give it a try. It turned out the be the most convenient carry-on I’ve ever used. Read the rest
Rufus Roo jackets are designed to help you beat airline luggage limits (given that they seem to be British, I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that this was inspired by the awful RyanAir, which treats travelling with luggage as an oligarch-grade luxury and charges accordingly). It's designed to let you carry your shoes, changes of clothes, laptop, reading material, and wine and food in a series of pockets stitched throughout.
Stylish wearable luggage ideal for Holidays and Short Breaks, great for carrying the kids stuff, Commuting to work, Shopping without bags, travelling to Music Festivals or to Sports events.
Lightweight* in a range of sizes comfortably fits most adults or children when worn over clothes and fully loaded.
(via Oh Gizmo)
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Agent's Move-On wheeled luggage has a scooter board that unfolds from the back of the bag so that your kid can ride along behind you, or you can stack other pieces of luggage on it, turning your suitcase into a redcap's luggage cart. There's also a version that works like a stroller for babies and toddlers.
Agent's modern Move-On luggage design update
Pile of Suitcases wardrobe
Secrets of a suitcase-packing ninja
Suitcase full of bacon triggers airport bomb detectors
Like a well-traveled suitcase
Kinetic, Solar-Charing Suitcase
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