Too Much Checked Luggage Leads to Headaches for Travelers

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The "one carry-on" rule has airlines overwhelmed with too much checked luggage that is more frequently lost or damaged. New luggage from a company called SkyRoll is designed to solve this problem by combining a suitcase and garment bag into one unit.

I wanted to develop luggage that took some of the hassles out of flying

According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, more than one million pieces of luggage were lost, damaged, delayed or pilfered by U.S. airlines from May through July. They also say that June and July of 2007 ranked among the worst months for mishandled baggage in 20 years. CBS News reported that so many bags are getting separated from their owners, the airlines are running out of places to put them. One way to avoid these travel horrors is by carrying your luggage on the plane.

A major reason for all the checked luggage these days is the "one carry-on" rule. If you are traveling with a garment bag and a wheeled suitcase you must check them since you are not allowed to carry both on the plane. New luggage with a unique design aims to solve this problem.

The luggage, SkyRoll on Wheels, combines a wheeled carry-on size suitcase and a removable garment bag into one unit. The new "wrinkle" is that the garment bag wraps around the outside of the suitcase. The wrap around garment bag allows the traveler to roll suits and dress clothes instead of folding them to fit inside a conventional garment bag or suitcase. In addition, the separate top compartment allows easy access to items you need while traveling, like the re-sealable bag now required to hold your liquids and gels.

Don Chernoff, a former Silicon Valley engineer at Intel, and a United airlines premier member, developed SkyRoll after spending a lot of time on airplanes. "The new carry-on rules now limit you to one piece of luggage so it isn't possible to carry on a suitcase and a garment bag," Chernoff says. " I wanted to develop luggage that took some of the hassles out of flying".

For additional information on SkyRoll, visit

About SkyRoll:
SkyRoll introduced the original roll-up garment bag in 2001, it is available in all Men's Wearhouse stores. The new SkyRoll on Wheels is available at and will be available in stores by the end of the year.

Don Chernoff


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