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Extension arm for mobile travelers suit case

United States Patent

November 16, 1999
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The invention is an apparatus for adjusting a luggage handle in relation to a luggage frame utilized to transport luggage by a traveler. The handle is connected to two extendable and retractable slide tube assemblies, the assemblies allow for the telescoping of the luggage handle to multiple positions in relation to a pair of fixed frame tubes connected to a luggage shell with wheels, to accommodate the height and personal stride of traveler. The luggage handle incorporates triggering buttons that allow ambidextrous and single-handed control of the height of the handle and slide tube assembly in relation to the luggage. The handle and slide tube assembly are connected by interior filaments to pulleys and filaments within two concentric light-weight slide tubes, which are inserted respectively into two fixed frame tubes, to allow a multitude of positions for the slide tubes to lock into the fixed frame tubes. The apparatus can be pushed or pulled by the traveler, and the support shell can accommodate multiple pieces of luggage.
Byington; Gerald A. (Knoxville, TN)
Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation (Oak Ridge, TN)
08/ 921,282
August 29, 1997
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC05-840R21400 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation.