An Irish engineer has come up with an ingenious way to circumvent the low-cost carriers’ increasingly high baggage charges.

John Power has invented the Jaktogo, a piece of ‘wearable luggage’ made from light but strong polyester, which has 14 pockets of various sizes.

Power claims the coat can hold a total of 15kg of luggage and, after boarding, it can be folded up and carried as a shoulder bag.

His creation is the latest in a series of such items that have been generated by the spiralling cost of checked luggage on budget airlines.

Ryanair, for example, charges £60 per 15kg piece of checked luggage if paid for in advance and up to £240 at the airport.

The story could not emerge at a better time for BA, which is currently advertising the excellent value of its short haul offering, complete with free hold luggage allowance.