You can tell who I use. As a commuting airline employee for the last too damned many years, I bought a luggage works bag in 2001, it has survived sadistic rampers, idiot TSA
, and being shoved and stuffed anywhere and everywhere since then. I dont even know how many miles, but considering I commute about 30-40 flight hours a month, you can guess its more a few miles.
It is a seat waiting for a hotel or parking shuttle. I love that with all of the external pockets it has, it has a place for everything I need to stuff when its time for the security moshpit, and I dont need to use any of their bins - just stuff everything (keys, coins, belt, cell, you get the idea) into the external pockets and it makes security a little more tolerable. I read somewhere (I think) that the fabric is the same stuff as parachute nylon.
Yes, the bag is heavy, but with that you get sturdiness. They have, from what I gather, excellent service after the fact if your bag needs service. I havent needed it yet. I dont think it is possible to overpack this bag - well I am sure it is, but I havent reached the max gross weight for this bag yet
As for the poster talking about the external flight bag hook, you can either unscrew it (comes right out), OR
, tuck it into the pocket just underneath it. I do that when gate checking it rampside so it doesnt snag anything in the luggage bin.
I know a lot of airline pilots who swear by their luggage works bag. I know I do, and I dont work for them...
[Edited 2008-09-26 05:04:43]