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A weighty issue

by , November 16, 2009
It's like the eternal struggle between good & evil – airlines & passengers

It’s like the eternal struggle between good & evil – airlines & passengers

The search for better luggage scales

I have an old butchers carcass scale at home. A big, rusty, mechanical beast of a scale set with a menacing hook dangling from the bottom.

While there’s some nice sentiments associated with the thing, I realise it’s not quite the optimum way to weigh luggage before a trip. And I’m sure not taking it along with me for on the go adjustments.

As airlines have sought new revenue streams, luggage is being attacked in earnest. As such, we need travel companies to start offering better solutions for fliers to weigh and adjust (on the fly).

The above pictured solution from Digigrip (via NOTCOT) looks like a step in the right direction, but lacks much sophistication.

Ricardo released a more elegant solution a few years ago, but that seems to have been discontinued.

Inbuilt scale adds expense, but improves elegance

Inbuilt scale adds expense, but improves elegance

And then there’s our favourite concept so far, a fun elastic scale we saw a little while back. for which we clipped the image, and then lost the source (oops…).

Update: It’s by Marcella Maltese and Lin Wei, it’s called the Gravity Ruler, and they’re looking for a maker. See more here.

This puppy was in the archives... unfortunately we've lost it's source.

The Gravity Ruler

Then there are loads of hideous digital clunkers – but they feel worse than paying the excess.

With nothing really fully dialed, I think it’s back to the butchers scale for now…

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