You have to love it when a plan comes together. Having had the undignified experience of being forced to part with my beloved blue bag on the flight from Devonport, I was determined to avoid the same fate when I next boarded a DHC-8 with skimpy luggage limits.
That happened on Thursday when I flew from Sydney to Coffs Harbour. The solution turned out to be quite simple: I used the Qantas online check-in facility to print myself a boarding pass in advance by dropping into the Allure Media offices. That meant no confrontations with potentially scale-wielding staff. The case fitted neatly under the seat in front of me, and a quick look around suggested that I was far from the only person carrying more than 4kg of stuff.
Of course, this strategy does depend on having access to a printer (Qantas has run trials of mobile phone check-ins but it's not yet universally available). In a large city like Sydney, that would probably always be manageable by finding a suitable net cafe, but I have to admit that Devonport didn't seem to offer any solutions to that dilemma. Maybe I should have tried begging on Twitter.
Throughout May 2009, Lifehacker Australia editor Angus Kidman will be travelling throughout Australia with just one carry-on bag for the Hand Luggage Only project.