Gangway Storm Case!
I had just received my two Hardigg Storm Cases before I left for a trip home to Kentucky. This trip was not for work and was not an exotic trip to some far-off, unheard of destination. It was a Thanksgiving holiday break spent with family. So I thought I would load up my gear in my new iM2500 carry-on and be off. No problem: the gear all fit, as planned. I got to the airport in Austin, Texas, to find I would be flying a regional jet. I guess this is the airline’s way of saving money. I can’t fault them for that. But very little overhead storage space is given on a regional aircraft. Meaning, you have to gate check your carry-on if it is bigger than a shoe box. I have had to check my soft side ThinkTank Airport International once or twice before and I did so with fear and trepidation. This time I walked down the gangway and confidently handed the rather large, gorilla-looking man my indestructible iM2500 Storm Case. He tagged it, gave me my receipt and swung off. Once we landed, I eagerly waited for my bag inside the gangway. Finally it was thrown up to me with several other bags. When I saw my nice, pretty yellow iM2500, I was startled. My cool new “Digital Trekker” logo was shredded and the case had large, deep gashes down the side. I knew my gear was fine and I was glad that my $10,000 worth of camera equipment was protected by such a “bomb proof” bag. But I was nonetheless amazed that from the airplane to the gangway so much damage could be done to one bag. Thank you Hardigg.