Can the new 'luggage jacket' outsmart baggage fees? Ryanair thinks not

Ruth Doherty


Can the new 'luggage jacket' outsmart baggage fees? Ryanair thinks not
Can the new 'luggage jacket' outsmart baggage fees? Ryanair thinks not

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A man has come up with a new travel jacket that allows passengers to fit 10kg worth of luggage in its pockets - aimed at dodging excessive baggage fees

But Ryanair says it is unconcerned about the JakToGo, which was designed by an Irish engineer, John Power, who got frustrated with airlines' profit-making tactics.

The coat is described as 'wearable luggage' that 'converts seamlessly and conveniently from a compact bag to a wearable garment, kitted out with 14 huge pockets, sufficient to hold 10-15kg of clothes and other personal items'.

John, who lives in Holland and is a frequent flyer, told the Irish Times: 'People often don't realise how much travellers have to suffer because of the airlines' efforts to turn a profit.

'Airlines are finding more ways of charging you extra. As a frequent flyer, I became exasperated at the airlines' tactics and I watched people miss flights or hand over more cash in order to get on a plane home.

'My philosophy has always been "don't get mad, get even."'

But Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara said the airline had no problem with passengers wearing the coat - as long as it didn't take up too much space in the cabin.

The JakToGo comes in a 'hard-wearing, water and wind-resistant' black fabric, but can also be made in denim and leather. What's more, there's even a poncho style for summer trips, and a dress for 'those more fashion conscious fliers'.

Although, 'fashion' might not really be the word used to associate with the product... 'practical' is probably more apt.

Do you think 'pocket packing' will take off? And would you wear a travel jacket to try and get round baggage fees? Let us know below...


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