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$7.2 Million Cash Found in Suitcases at Panama City Airport

$7.2 Million Cash Found in Suitcases at Panama City Airport Jan 17th, 2014 at 5:04PM: Newsy Travel tip: If you're trying to smuggle cash into Panama, start using the train. Three Honduran men were arrested at Panama City's international airport after police found $7.2 million, mostly in $100 bills, in secret compartments in eight pieces of luggage. According to this video from Newsy (Newsy? Really? Really.), officials in Panama believe the money was connected to a drug...

10 Weird Items That You CAN Travel With

10 Weird Items That You CAN Travel With Oct 1st, 2013 at 10:30AM: slgckgc, Flickr The prohibited items list from the TSA might seem long, but as it turns out, there are plenty of weird things that you can in fact travel with. 1. Snow Globes As long as it appears to be less than 3.4 ounces (which the TSA points out is about the size of a tennis ball), and you can fit it into your clear, plastic bag with all your other liquids, feel free to pop your...

The Best Lifetime Luggage Warranties

The Best Lifetime Luggage Warranties Aug 1st, 2013 at 1:30PM: Flickr, Robert S. Donovan Picking up my luggage from the JFK baggage carousel on my last trip, I discovered Alitalia had managed to rip off an entire wheel from my 5+ year old suitcase. I didn't even bother to file a claim with the airline, as it's a Briggs & Riley, with one of the best luggage warranties in the business. I took it to Manhattan's Modern Leather Goods (an authorized repair...

Man's Response To $1,400 Overweight Baggage Fee Prompts Police Action

Man's Response To $1,400 Overweight Baggage Fee Prompts Police Action Jul 31st, 2013 at 1:00PM: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Lockwood (This isn't the luggage in question, but you get the idea) Police in New York and Seattle were called in to investigate when a man ditched his luggage in order to avoid overweight baggage fees, NBC reports. The unidentified traveler was going to take Delta Air Lines Flight 1452 from Seattle to JFK when he was told his...

British Airways Tests Electronic Luggage Tags

British Airways Tests Electronic Luggage Tags Jul 10th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Courtesy Designworks It's 2013: we can carry hundreds of books on a pocket-sized device, video chat anywhere in the world and order nearly anything to be delivered to our door. So why do we still use paper luggage tags and rely on outmoded technology to track our missing bags? British Airways has teamed up with Designworks to test an electronic luggage tag this month that could eliminate...

Gadling Gear Review: Westwater Roll Top Duffel By Fishpond

Gadling Gear Review: Westwater Roll Top Duffel By Fishpond Jun 21st, 2013 at 8:00AM: Fishpond Choosing the right bag for an active, adventurous escape can be a real challenge. On the one hand, you need something with plenty of room to haul all of your gear but then again you don't want something too large and bulky either. It should also provide a good measure of protection for whatever you're carrying inside while also shrugging off the wear and tear that comes along with travel...

Airlines Use Loopholes To Avoid Paying For Damaged Bags

Airlines Use Loopholes To Avoid Paying For Damaged Bags May 14th, 2013 at 11:00AM: If an airline damages a piece of your luggage, surely they will pay to repair or replace it, right? Don't be so sure. I've been very lucky over the years in checking bags but my luck ran out on a flight to Chicago from San Francisco over the weekend, when I found out that there are plenty of loopholes that airlines use to avoid paying for damaged luggage. I prefer to travel light and bring my...

The Day I Was Mistaken For A Terrorist

The Day I Was Mistaken For A Terrorist May 7th, 2013 at 12:00PM: For some reason, people sometimes mistake me for a terrorist. Once I got interrogated by an air marshal for merely looking out a window, and the following year in London I totally freaked out several people on a bus. The second incident was, I suppose, partially my fault. I boarded a city bus with a large suitcase, which I put on the luggage rack. Since the rack was right next to the door, I...

Galley Gossip: The Worst, Funniest And Most Common Bad Passengers I've Encountered

Galley Gossip: The Worst, Funniest And Most Common Bad Passengers I've Encountered Mar 27th, 2013 at 10:00AM: From time to time I get asked questions about bad passengers. I thought I'd share a few of them here. What's the worst passenger behavior you've witnessed? I've caught passengers taking other people's luggage out of the bin to make room for their own bags. I'm not joking. They'll pull out a bag, drop it on the floor and walk away leaving it in the middle of the aisle for the passengers...

Save Money And (Maybe) Time With The Right Luggage, Packed Efficiently

Save Money And (Maybe) Time With The Right Luggage, Packed Efficiently Mar 23rd, 2013 at 12:00PM: I am one of the lucky ones: a traveler who has never experienced the inconvenience of lost or damaged luggage. I like knowing that but have never dared talk about it out loud, for fear of jinxing the luck or angering the luggage gods. Instead, when others tell their tale of woe concerning luggage mishaps or go on about inadequate reimbursement from airlines, I politely nod in sympathy. Still, I...

Photo Of The Day: What's In Your Bag?

Photo Of The Day: What's In Your Bag? Jan 10th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Feeling nosy? Then you might enjoy today's Photo of the Day. Flickr user and designer Lacko Illustration provided an extremely detailed look inside his bag. There's even a legend on the bottom to accompany the objects in case you can't tell from the photo. Judging from the razor blades and Glock drives, he probably doesn't take this on planes, but it's still fun to look inside someone else's...

Gadling Gear Review: Incase EO Travel Roller

Gadling Gear Review: Incase EO Travel Roller Dec 17th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Choosing the proper luggage for travel can be a very personal experience. After all, with any luck you are selecting a travel companion that will be with you for many years to come and will accompany you on everything from weekend escapes to longer excursions abroad. A good set of luggage can be quite an investment too, which is why it needs to be stylish, versatile and durable. The new EO Travel...

Budget Justice: How To Survive On Spirit Airlines

Budget Justice: How To Survive On Spirit Airlines Dec 4th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Like many others, I operate on a shoestring budget, more often than not, out of stubbornness. I prefer to call it budget justice, a principle of savings that guides people like me to needlessly circle the block for a free parking space only to miss the event that got me into my car in the first place, or, worse yet, to time and time again book flights on Spirit Airlines, the ultra low-cost carrier...

A TSA Agent Answers Questions From The Community

A TSA Agent Answers Questions From The Community Nov 20th, 2012 at 4:00PM: If you are flying this week, you are probably anticipating long security lines, many tiny bottles of liquids, and a lot of time shuffling through a metal detector in your socks. Last night on Reddit, a TSA agent participated in a Q & A (known as an "I Am A..." or "Ask Me Anything" on the site), and the community asked some great questions on security, stereotypes and weird encounters. See...

Lost Luggage Has A Season And It Is Here Now

Lost Luggage Has A Season And It Is Here Now Nov 2nd, 2012 at 4:00PM: Lost luggage was once a major problem for airlines but they have been doing better lately. Perhaps with the introduction of fees for checked bags, airlines are paying more attention to what happens to luggage. Maybe it's those fees that are driving airline passengers to pack less, carry on more and give airlines less to lose. Whatever the reason, lost luggage is less of an issue than it once...

Gadling Gear Review: Ozone Ultralight Roller Bag

Gadling Gear Review: Ozone Ultralight Roller Bag Sep 17th, 2012 at 9:00AM: I look for three things in a roller bag. The bag should be easy to handle, easy to pack and be as light as possible. Osprey has tacked the weight issue head on with their new Ozone line of roller bags, and they score on handling and packability, too. The bag comes in three sizes: an 18-inch (backpack size), a 22-inch (maximum carry-on size), and a 28-inch (you'll have to check this one,...

What Does Your Luggage Say About You?

What Does Your Luggage Say About You? Aug 20th, 2012 at 1:00PM: We've seen travelers dragging everything from Louis Vuitton to what looks like a used trash bag through airport security of late, and new research shows that most travelers are closer to the latter than the former. A new study from Virgin Atlantic shows that one in five of us (20%) can't remember the last time we bought new luggage, while more than half (55%) would only upgrade their suitcase...

Gadling Gear Review: EXO Hardside Luggage From eBags

Gadling Gear Review: EXO Hardside Luggage From eBags Aug 20th, 2012 at 9:00AM: With all that electronica the modern traveler hauls from Point A to Point B and back again, it's natural to be worried about things getting crunched, crushed and smashed. Hard-sided luggage is the solution, especially if you're checking a bag, and eBags has a new line of branded gear; I tested one out on a recent trip. There were two less than perfect things I discovered right away about the...

Gadling Gear Review: Gregory Border Laptop Day Pack

Gadling Gear Review: Gregory Border Laptop Day Pack Jul 22nd, 2012 at 10:00AM: Been hunting around for the perfect pack to hold your laptop, lunch, water bottle, jacket and spaghetti plate of chords? Yeah, you're not the only one. Good news! I've found one that I really like – and trust me, I've tried a dozen of these things and I'm keen to their flaws. The Gregory Border, a new TSA friendly laptop bag, has got it all figured out – really. This pack is airport...

Gadling Gear Reveiw: Osprey Atmos 50 Backpack

Gadling Gear Reveiw: Osprey Atmos 50 Backpack Apr 9th, 2012 at 8:00AM: I'm one of those people who almost exclusively uses a backpack when traveling. I simply prefer carrying my gear on my back rather than dragging it behind me in a piece of luggage, particularly when navigating through a busy airport. Over the years I've managed to collect a number of packs in a variety of sizes, which makes each of them useful depending on the length of the trip. Whether it's a...

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