Cruise the airport on top Modobag rideable motorized luggage

If you do travel a lot, usually with a bit of luggage, and one thing I absolutely hate are those long walks across an airport terminal. So when the Modobag, a $1,199 piece of kit that bills itself as the world's first motorized suitcase hit Indiegogo, I was intrigued. Would it get me across an airport faster.

The Modobag measures 22 x 14 x 9 inches -- just the right size to fit into the overhead bins on most aircraft. That's key, since it won't do you much good if you can't keep it with you past check-in. The bag can officially accommodate a rider up to 260 pounds, though the company says if you can fit on it comfortably you should be good to ride. To use it, you just need to open the front panel, pull the handle up and switch the bag's motor on. Push a small lever on the right to accelerate, and grip the brake with your left to stop. That's it: There's no special instruction needed to figure out the Modobag. However, it would be a good idea to practice a bit before taking it to the airport, as slamming into a ticket kiosk is not the ideal way to start your vacation.

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The polyurethane wheels are similar to skateboard wheels, so they can handle a few bumps in the road. But the Modobag is definitely not an all-terrain vehicle. During my test run I rolled onto a few subway grates and ended up having to pick up the suitcase and reposition it on a smoother surface.

For those situations where you can't ride the Modobag, it can be easily turned around and pulled by its handle. In fact, it's a normal piece of luggage in a lot of ways. There's a large interior compartment that can accommodate a few nights' worth of clothing, and side pockets to slip your laptop and phone into while you ride. It's pretty durable thanks to ABS plastic; it can even survive being hit by bowling balls.

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The Modobag hits all the points necessary to be approved by the TSA, FAA and ITA. That endorsement also includes its battery: Unlike a "hoverboard," the Modobag is fully cleared for flight. It takes about an hour to charge and can last about 8 miles -- assuming mostly smooth terrain and an average 180-pound passenger. The suitcase also includes two USB ports so you can use the motor's battery to top off your phone or tablet between flights, avoiding the need to search for a free outlet at the gate.

If you already know how to ride a scooter or motorcycle, the Modobag should be a natural fit -- which makes sense, because Modobag's chief mechanical engineer, Boyd Bruner, is actually a competitive motorcyclist.

Right now the only place to get a Modobag is Indiegogo. You can grab one this month for an early bird price of $995, or $1,199 for the standard pledge, discounted from a planned retail price of $1,295.

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