Modobag is back.
There are a few different ways to move quickly through the airport terminal.
If staff is on your side, you can hitch a ride on a cart. Or if there’s an automated trolley, it'll make getting to your gate a bit faster. Or you could just drive yourself to the gate on your suitcase.
Modobag, which calls itself the “world’s first motorized, rideable luggage,” is out to change the way we think about luggage by also making it transportation.
According to the company, riding the suitcase is three times faster than walking, with a top speed of 8 mph. But there’s an “indoor” setting for airports that keeps the suitcase at 5 mph. Drag racing in the terminal, while a fantastic idea for killing layover time, will probably not happen on the Modobag.
New wheels don’t come cheap. It will cost $995 to be one of the first to receive the Modobag.
The bag has exterior pockets and LED lights, handlebars that control direction, and a seat made of memory foam. And somehow it’s all FAA, TSA, UN and IATA compliant, according to Modobag.
The suitcase weighs 19 lbs (there is a motor inside, after all) so it’s not the ideal case for anybody flirting with weight limits. However, the bag fits most airlines’ specifications for carry-on luggage.
In the event travelers would rather check the bag than ride it through the airport, there is GPS tracking and a proximity alert.
With a full charge, the suitcase can travel more than six miles. Charging to 80% takes about 15 minutes and it can reach a full charge in less than an hour.
The suitcase also comes with a USB port for charging your devices on the go. But remember: It’s dangerous to text while driving. Even if you’re driving a suitcase.