beside forgetting what you should be bringing when checking into a flight, the next pre-flight nightmare would probably be overweight luggages. with that in mind, French designer Selma Durand came up with a brilliant concept, aptly dubbed Weighing Handle, that will save you the trouble and embarrassment of repacking overweight suitcase in a public domain or worst, if don’t have anyone to offload those extras, you’d be looking at additional baggage charges which usually cost a bomb (those bloodsuckers!). as the concept product name implies, it is a suitcase handle with an integrated scale, so you can get rid of all the guessworks or forget about the stepping on and off bathroom scale ritual just to determine if your luggage is overweight.
inside the handle is a non-linear spring that can measure up to 25 kg. as you lift the baggage up, the spring stretches a few millimeters and the weight reflected in an indicator atop of the handle. it won’t detail the exact weight, however, it will let you know if the weight exceeds 20 or 23 kg, which should be a good enough indicator to signal if you need or need not to repack. according to the inventor, this system can be adapted to any suitcase so that anyone can be sure that his or her baggage can comply with airlines’ imposed weight restriction. we assume that by ‘adaptable’ it does mean ‘factory fitted’, because it seems to us that some reinforcements would be required to sustain some minor lifting on this handle. scroll down for a video of the Weighing Handle in action.