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INFOGRAPHIC – 10 Carry-On Bags Guaranteed to Fit Above Your Seat

As a person who refuses to check a bag unless it’s absolutely necessary, I make it my business to know the carry-on bag policies of the major airlines. I actually did a post for my Air Travel Expert About.com on policies for U.S. major, low-cost and international airlines.

And now the good folks at Portmantos offer this handy infographic to show not only what bags are allowed for which airlines, but it also offers suggestions for carry-on luggage you can buy for your next trip. Enjoy!

Portmantos Infographic

Airline Staples Are Repurposed Into Travel Items

On November 6, 2015, I had the chance to attend the sneak peek of JetBlue’s T5i, a new international terminal extension at its JFK Airport home. As we were taking the tour of the new international arrivals section of T5i, one of our tour guides was carrying a tote bag that looked very much like a Southwest Airlines seat.

Image courtesy of Looptworks

Turns out it was made from a Southwest seat by a company called Looptworks, based in Portland, Oregon. The company specializes in taking high-end, quality material — like the leather from a Southwest Airlines seat — and repurposing it into limited edition goods. Looptworks has taken the leather from the airline seats and created a weekender duffle bag ($225), a backpack ($250), a convertible tote ($150) and a toiletry kit ($65). Below is a video about the project.


If that’s a bit too rich for your blood, go over to the Air France shop, where the carrier has repurposed old life vests. For between $21 and $27, you can snag a flat makeup case in different shapes and sizes.  Pop over to Skyebags for items created from old Delta Air Lines leather, including the Kitty Hawk Tote ($118), the Raleigh Dopp Kit ($155) or the Guthmiller Wallet ($99).

Raleigh Dopp Kit. Image courtesy of Skyebag

Remember back on December 13, 2013, when I did a post on furnishing my lottery winnings house using aviation-parts built by Motoart? Well, I found an Etsy store — ByRebeccaLee — that will sell me a medicine cabinet made from a vintage suitcase. And it will only cost me $350! And speaking of my posts, don’t forget to check out this one on Fly-Belts, where you can cinch in those skinny jeans with a belt inspired by the seat belts you see on airplanes.  Happy shopping!