All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!
This week’s unitasker is one that at first pass seems kind of reasonable. My initial thought was it could be helpful for a blind or visually impaired traveler. The more I read about it, though, the less reasonable and helpful it seems. Let’s take a look at the Easy 2 Pick Luggage Locator:
In theory, you attach the large luggage tag to your bag and the round piece to yourself or your keychain. When you check your luggage at the ticket counter at the airport, you turn the device on. Then, when you reach your destination and are standing at baggage claim, the round piece will sound an alarm — flashing, sound notification, and vibrating — when your bag is within 90 feet of you.
Like me, you’re probably thinking this seems like it would be helpful for the visually impaired or blind. Except, the flashing, sound notification, and vibrating don’t increase in intensity the closer you get to your bag. You’re simply made aware that somewhere, within 90 feet of you, is what you’re searching for. (A wee bit cruel, if you ask me, especially if the bag is on the baggage claim carousel.) And, since the tag lights up, it also notifies other people that you’re looking for your bag … which is great if you’re surrounded by friendly people wanting to help you, but not so great if there are thieves.
The device is marketed to the regular traveler, however, and not someone with vision impairment. In which case, if your bag is within 90 feet of you, seeing it usually isn’t an issue. If you have a common looking bag and are worried about grabbing someone else’s bag, you still have to check the luggage tag because someone else could also have an Easy 2 Pick luggage tag on their bag. (And you have to show the bag name match from the sticker on the bag to your ID to leave many baggage claim areas, anyway.) Alternatively, putting a simple and inexpensive colorful strip of duct tape on both sides of your ordinary luggage can help you identify your bag visually much better than a notification device will from a distance.
My last thought on this item is since most airlines charge to check luggage now, how common is it to only check one piece of luggage? If someone only has one piece, don’t they try to make it a carry-on to avoid the fee? Most people I see checking bags these days are families traveling with numerous pieces of luggage, which would require numerous devices. At $19 a set, it seems like an expensive way to find your luggage that is within 90 feet of you.
Thanks to reader Pat, a constant traveler, for finding this unitaskery doohickey for us.