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Luggage Suitcase Weigh Scale with Tape Measure
Member Name: garymarsh6
Luggage Suitcase Weigh Scale with Tape Measure
Advantages: Brilliant and effective means of keeping an eye on your luggage allowance.
Disadvantages: Having a disbelieving wife!
Heavy duty handy scales.
I bought this little gem on impulse when I was filling up with petrol one day rather than searching for this handy gadget. I always fret over whether our suitcases were overweight and trying to deduct my weight by standing on bathroom scales and then deduct my weight from the reading on the scales which is perhaps not the most scientific way of weighing our bags especially as it is probably not very accurate to do so. When travelling my wife she is the worst over packer going especially when we have been to visit her family. I am usually dispatched somewhere so they don't let me see what they are packing for example coconuts and other daft stuff mangoes etc... Hello we can buy them in our supermarkets!!!! I did my nut on one occasion when her hand baggage alone was 32 kilo and that was despite us having a double allowance and travelling with four suitcases.
The scales are about six inches in length and about four inches wide. There is a carry handle at one end of the scales which folds down into a more compact size and a large hook at the other end to hang the bag on. The dial is white with black numerals on the dial which makes it nice and clear to see what the weight is. There are two indicators one red and one yellow. The weights are given in metric or by imperial measures. For you youngsters out there imperial measures are what we oldies are used to and include pounds and ounces for those of you who do not know. There is also a handy tape measure incorporated into the unit measuring up to 39 inches or 100cm.
I imagine travelling with women is always difficult as they tend to pack anything and everything kitchen sink et al whereas as a bloke we tend to pack the practical stuff only. The last thing you want is to turn up at the airport on the way home to be hit by terribly high excess baggage charges.
Some airlines are becoming quite increasingly obsessed about the weight of items because extra weight can increase the amount of fuel required for the flight. If luggage was not weighed you would hardly want the plane to run out of fuel half way across the Atlantic. Some airlines are becoming increasingly miserly in their baggage allowance and I can think of one in particular where the hand baggage was only five kilos which is an incredibly small allowance and they even weighed the hand luggage to make sure that you stuck to the rules!
Of course excess baggage charges are ridiculous on one occasion when I took someone to the airport their excess baggage charge would have been the same as paying for an adult ticket to fly. I made them take out essentials and repack the case at the airport and brought one case home with me until I flew out a couple of months later. This could have all been avoided had we used a scale. Most airlines allow 20kg per case and some of the budget airlines considerably less but you need to check each individual airline as they have different allowances and it can also depend on your destination and what class you are travelling in for example flying to the USA you can take more suitcases with you than with other destinations.
How to use!
Make sure that the yellow and red indicators are level by adjusting the yellow indicator knob turning it back to zero. Place the hook around the handle of your case or bag you are going to weigh and then lift it and put it down again. The red indicator forces the yellow indicator round and when the weight is released it leaves the yellow indicator showing you what the weight of the case or bag is. It is quite a simple and useful gadget and weighs in at only about five or six ounces so it is not that heavy to take with you.
It is a simple, effective and easy to use gadget that can help cut the cost of unusually high excess baggage charges.
Summary: Well worth the tiny investment which could save you hundreds of pounds on a long haul flight.
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