Security Luggage Racks

Security Luggage Racks

I don’t know about you, but I get very nervous on trains when I have to leave my luggage on those racks at the end of the carriage. When the train is full, or I can’t actually see my bags from where I’m sitting, I have to jump up and make sure they are not being ‘accidentally’ removed during station stops en route.

Of course it is possible to carry bicycle locks or similar, for peace of mind, but you never know when you are going to need one, and usually I never realise it would have been a smart idea until too late.

So I was very happy to see this locking device for suitcases, on the NEX train from Narita airport into Tokyo. It also made me laugh, because Japan is probably the last place in the world where you could leave your bags unattended without stress, but also probably the first place to think of making life that little bit easier and more convenient for travellers. The service is also completely free of charge.

Essentially, you heave your bag onto the rack, and use one of the curly cords to secure the handle to the rail. Set your own combination and you are free to relax until your destination. The only trick is remembering the code to remove the cord in time to get off the train. And as Japanese trains tend to stop for seconds only at most intermediate stations, there is no time to be messing about with this. If you forget the number or it is the 3rd possibility you try, you will probably find you have either missed your stop or need to continue to the end of the line before rail staff are available to help you unlock your bag.

Oh, and as this is Japan and the status quo hinges on everyone being polite and considerate to everyone else, do please remember to reset the lock to zero for the convenience of the next user…



Crash Baggage

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crash luggage

They don’t make suitcases like they used to. Or maybe we are all travelling more often these days. My bags certainly seem the worse for wear after a very short time, scuffed and scratched, with parts that need regular repair work.

That’s why I was very amused to see this new luggage brand, with pre-damaged suitcases and the tag line ‘Handle Without Care’. The bright colours of this bashed and dented range hide a base made from polycarbonate, which is an incredibly strong material with high temperature and impact resistance. So strong, in fact, that the transparent version is used for such things as jet fighter cockpit canopies, riot shields and bullet proof ‘glass’.

Crash Baggage is Italian, and items in the range cost between 180 to 270 euros, which – whilst expensive – could be a good investment if you travel a lot. And as the manufacturers say: ‘If you crash them more don’t worry, they will be even more awesome’.