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It's in the Bag

August 29, 1993

In Judi Dash's evaluation of Lark's Soft E-Z Wheeler carry-on ("Frequent Flier Puts Newest Carry-ons to the Test," Aug. 1), she mentioned that an outside pocket opened from the inside, as well. What she did not mention is that this is a major disadvantage. The inner zipper, which is opposite the outer zipper, allows entry into the bag through the outer pocket while the bag remains locked.

Recently, my Samsonite bag, which has the same feature, missed the connecting flight between two foreign capitals. When I unpacked the bag, I found the remnant of a red paper sticker that I had not put in my bag on the inside and (surmised) that someone had gained access to the bag through the two zippers.

W. JAMES LAWLER

Pasadena

* Dash writes that she limits herself to carry-on baggage to avoid long waits at the baggage carousels or problems with lost luggage. What if every passenger takes her advice and comes aboard with all of their luggage? Gridlock, as the flight attendants tuck all of the stuff into every nook and cranny. I called most of the domestic airlines to check on their rules for carry-on luggage. Although anyone can attest that no one checks on this baggage as it goes through the gate, it is supposed to be limited to two pieces totaling a weight not to exceed 70 pounds.

LOUISE HAUTER

La Canada

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