In the middle of the best summer in 2018 in recorded history in Denmark – we had 72 official Summer Days (above 25C degrees) as opposed to just 13 in 2017 – I got a nice quick Onboard Courier Mission to North Africa.
An AOG Mission which included five flights and a taste of Iberia Business Class to a Spanish small enclave called Melilla tucked in at top of North Africa and completely surrounded by Marocco (see the maps below).
A nice little OBC Mission to weather at the time than was almost surpassed by the weather back home in Denmark. Also, I got to travel Business Class and get Priority Boarding with the Iberia ATR-72. In fact there were only two Business Class seats on the aircraft and perhaps the OBC company ordered the Business Class seat for me to quickly exit the aircraft (Seat 1A is all the way in the back which is where you get on and off the ATR-72 in the first place).
On every single flight I’m on someone always has to open the overhead compartment to find their wallet, cash, credit card, book, magazine, reading glasses, a pen for those immigration forms and so forth. Me too at the beginning on my first OBC Missions to South-East Asia destinations Busan, South Korea and to Singapore (both OBC Missions completed successfully in 2017). But I very quickly grew weary off it and thought there must be a better way for the well organised Frequent Flyer.
This is where the TUMI comes into the picture.
I keep the RIMOWA off course in the overhead compartment and the TUMI right under my legs snug up to the edge og the seat.
So far this has been a complete success but I still have to try iy out on a long haul flight for 10 og 13 hours. I think the better seats on the long haul flights will work just fine for me and my TUMI but I’ll report back here when I try it out in real life on an Onboard Courier Mission in the future.
But as you can see from the pictures below I keep ALL my stuff handy in the bag: Passport, pens, Pepto-Bismol, sunglasses, HydroFlask with water (inside the watertight compartment for umbrella or a water bottle), my all important noise cancelling headphones, Skyroam Solis LTE 4G Wi-Fi Hopspot that works in 130 countries, a little flashlight (to look for stuff you drop inflight from your seat in a darkened cabin), my door key on a TUMI strap built into the laptop bag, a power bank and charging cables, wall chargers, a backup credit card (if I ever lose my wallet).
And Gaffer’s Tape (which has helped me on so many OBC Missions that I lost track of the numbers. Gaffer’s Tape easily provide an improvised carrying handle for my OBC shipment in a cardboard box; again learning from flying I had a long haul OBC Mission to Shanghai with a bulky cardboard box containing the actual OBC shipment but at PVG Airport I put the bulky and heavy cardboard box on the PVG Airport floor as a made my way thru the Immigration and Customs queue.
When it was my turn I picked up the cardboard box which was now dirty and filthy underneath from being pushed along the airport floor and the dirt spilled onto me. So I decided then and there ALWAYS to carry two rolls of 3M Black Gaffer’s Tape to quickly and easily make a carrying handle for any OBC cardboard boxes in the future. And now I suspense this piece of advise for any wannabe Onboard Courier so you won’t get soiled and dirty when you’re on your first OBC Mission with a bulky cardboard box to be delivered by commmercial aircraft.)