My BlackBerry may have staged the first crash of the Hand Luggage Only project, but now it's been overtaken by a permanent failure in a much simpler bit of equipment: my Qantas Club/Frequent Flyer card.
One of the reasons I've thought travelling with a single bag would be easy was that Qantas has check-in kiosks at most major airports, meaning I could get a boarding pass without having to queue or get hassled by check-in staff. The fastest way of using the machine is to whack your Qantas card in there. Or rather, it would be the fastest if the machine decides it can read the card.
When it didn't work in Sydney last week, I could discount that as a one-off. But it didn't work in Adelaide when I tried to check in today either, failing in both the kiosk and at the service desk. So in functional terms the card's a write-off. Why, I have no idea — it's stored no differently in my wallet to any of the other still-working credit and membership cards.
Eventually, I'll ring and order a replacement, but that's no help to me during a month on the road. Hopefully the credit card I booked the flights with will perform the same task. If not, I'll be spending more time in queues than I planned.
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.