Pilots Swear by This Carry-on Bag
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Pilots Swear by This Carry-on Bag

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Photo-Illustration: David Kukin // Photos: Courtesy of Amazon; Geography Photos/UIG via Getty Images

And they know a thing or two about frequent travel. 

Finding the perfect carry-on bag is a bit of an oxymoron: what you need to pack can vary wildly, depending on your destination and the length of your trip.

But according to TravelPulse, there is one suitcase that even pilots can’t get enough of.

Technically a bag system rather than a single suitcase, BrightLine Bags (to buy: amazon.com, from $130) are interchangeable sections that can be zipped or clipped together in a dizzying number of configurations.

Chris Cooke, a pilot with a major domestic carrier, told Travel + Leisure he has in fact seen pilots toting BrightLine Bags.
“Most pilots carry computer bags or some type of over-the-shoulder, backpack-type bag,” Cooke added.

Fortunately, aviation experts (and frequent flyers of all stripes) can alter just about every aspect of the bag. There’s even a panel with backpack straps, for example, or a clip-on handle. Every space, pouch, and pocket has a distinct function: a place to keep all of your carry-on essentials, including business cards and a camera.

If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard of BrightLine Bags yet, it’s likely because they’re designed with aviation experts in mind (a convenient space for your pre-flight check list, a pocket for storing fuel testers, a zippered compartment for your headset). And to be sure, these bags prioritize function over design. They’re hardly the sleek, retro-inspired Rimowa Salsa Air.

As the president of BrightLine Bags told TravelPulse, the bags are purposefully marketed toward “the field professional,” like pilots and cops.

Want to travel like a pro? It’s not as complicated as it sounds. BrightLine can get you started with pre-configured setups like the B7 Flight, or a slimmer arrangement called the B2 Compute. The B7 Flight, for instance, comes equipped with rear and front pockets, two center sections, and two side pockets.

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