Travel Backpack Helps Flyers Fight Airline Baggage Fees

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In response to increasing airline baggage fees, Tortuga Backpacks has created a carry-on-sized backpack for international travelers and frequent flyers.


Tortuga Travel Backpack

As checked baggage fees become the norm, more people are traveling with only a carry on bag.

Tortuga Backpacks announced the launch of its latest product: the Tortuga Travel Backpack, a carry on bag designed for international travel. The backpack allows travelers to pack everything they need without having to check their luggage. Using a carry on bag helps travelers dodge airlines’ checked baggage fees, which start at $25/flight.

"As checked baggage fees become the norm, more people are traveling with only a carry on bag,” said Tortuga Backpacks co-founder Fred Perrotta. "Travelers don't want to pay $50 more just to bring their bag on a round-trip flight. Plus, a checked bag can be damaged, stolen, or lost by the airlines."

Tortuga Backpacks co-founders, Fred Perrotta and Jeremy Michael Cohen, were unable to find the right luggage for a backpacking trip to Eastern Europe in 2009. Disappointed by their bags, they designed one specifically for urban travelers like themselves.

Historically, travelers were forced to choose between hiking backpacks and wheeled suitcases. Hiking backpacks are too large to be carried onto planes and too disorganized because they open from the top. Wheeled suitcases are vulnerable to damage on the cobblestone streets of Europe and dirt roads of underdeveloped countries. The Tortuga combines the rugged portability of a backpack with the size and organization of a suitcase.

The new backpack is the latest version of Tortuga Backpacks’ flagship product. This iteration was more than a year in the making and incorporates feedback from the company’s previous customers.

About Tortuga Backpacks
Tortuga Backpacks was co-founded by childhood best friends Fred Perrotta and Jeremy Michael Cohen with one mission: to create the ultimate travel backpack. In 2009, they took an epic backpacking trip to Eastern Europe but were dissatisfied with the luggage options for urban travelers. They couldn’t find the perfect travel backpack; so they made it. In 2012, Tortuga Backpacks was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies List.

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