WaterField Unveils Crowdsourced In-Flight Personal Item Optimized for Space and Convenience: The Air Duffel

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WaterField Designs unveils the Air Duffel in-flight personal item, a collaboratively-designed travel bag that maximizes use of allowable airline personal item space yet fits under an airline seat leaving room to stretch out legs. The feature-rich Air Duffel slips over a wheeled suitcase handle while granting easy access to travel documents and electronic devices from smartly-placed pockets.

Air Duffel personal item carry-on — smartly-placed pockets keep important items easily accessible

The Air Duffel

We designed every detail to improve your air-travel experience.

San Francisco maker WaterField Designs announces the Air Duffel, a handsome and convenient travel bag that maximizes allowable airline personal item space so travelers can carry more gear on board and avoid checked-bag fees and lost luggage headaches. The feature-rich Air Duffel was designed in collaboration with over 1,200 customers and seasoned travelers with every detail conceived to maximize carry-on space and to optimize air-travel convenience.

“We designed the Air Duffel for maximum capacity to help you avoid having to check luggage, and to look professional whether you’re boarding business class or heading straight to a meeting after you land,” explained Gary Waterfield, company founder. “The Air Duffel stands upright leaving room to stretch your legs, and it’s soft enough to stuff into a crowded overhead bin. Every detail was designed to improve your air travel experience.”

The Air Duffel’s TSA-friendly office compartment stores a laptop, tablet, cords and more. It unzips to lie flat so the laptop can remain protected through airport security. A separate spacious main compartment holds clothing and personal gear.

A myriad of intentionally-placed pockets grant access to critical items along the journey: to ID and passport during check-in; to laptop and accessories while waiting to board; and to water and in-flight comfort items at 35,000 feet.

A premium leather flap seals a pleated front pocket, custom-sized for the optional Air Caddy—a pouch that fits into an airline seat-back pocket to keep a tablet, pens, snacks, and other in-flight essentials handy. A wheeled suitcase handle passthrough, two leather-lined handles, and a removable shoulder strap provide flexible carry options.


  • Main compartment: opens with a half-moon zipper into large chamber for clothing, headphones, toiletries, and other personal items. Two mesh zippered pockets on underside of flap keep small items organized and easy to spot; three open-topped pockets offer additional organization; and a key fob makes finding keys a cinch.
  • Office compartment: includes a padded laptop area that lays flat for easy TSA screening, a wide pocket backed by soft foam for papers and/or a tablet, two open-topped pockets for chargers and cords, three pen slots, and a central area for magazines, files, etc.
  • Additional organization: arced zippers access two expandable end pockets that remain relatively flat by utilizing interior bag space when available; they are placed for quick-access to travel documents, water bottles, and other frequently-used items from atop a wheeled suitcase or under an airline seat. Front pleated pocket with interior organizational pockets closes with premium leather flap secured by strong N35 rare-earth magnets.
  • More thoughtful details: a gold liner lights up interior making contents easy to find. Four external D-rings for attaching to comfortable shoulder strap or with a carabiner to pouches and accessories. Three convenient carry options. Slim rear slots for quickly hooking glasses or pens.

Available in brown waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon, with a full-grain leather flap and details, the new Air Duffel airline personal item combines practicality, ease-of-access, and professional style to help ensure a streamlined, comfortable travel experience from departure to destination.

Availability & Pricing

The Air Duffel in-flight personal item
Price: Black ballistic nylon—$399. Tan waxed canvas—$429.
Colors & materials: Black ballistic nylon with full-grain, distressed black or chocolate leather. Tan waxed canvas with full-grain, distressed chocolate leather. (Canvas bag includes leather bottom to increase canvas durability). YKK water-resistant zippers. N35 rare-earth magnets. Leather lined handles. Comfortable, removable suspension strap.
Dimensions & weight: 10.25 x 16 x 8.25 inches; ballistic—2.7 lbs.; canvas—3.25 lbs.
Padded laptop compartment fits devices up to 14.25 x 9.75 inches.

The Air Caddy
Price: $59.
Colors & materials: Black ballistic nylon or tan waxed canvas.
Dimensions & weight: 12 x 8 x 1.25 inches; 5 oz.
Pre-order today. Shipping begins October 25, 2019

About WaterField Designs
WaterField Designs is an innovative San Francisco designer and manufacturer of bags and cases for tech-savvy consumers who want to stylishly and responsibly transport their technology. WaterField manufactures custom-fitted, high-quality cases and bags for a full-range of laptop computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming devices and other digital gear. All products are manufactured to exacting standards entirely in San Francisco. More information at "Our Story.”

WaterField Designs, Air Duffel, and Air Caddy are trademarks of WaterField Designs. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright ©2019. All Rights Reserved.

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