Airlines have gotten very good at getting consumers to pay for things that used to be free. As irritating as the practice is, there are some times when the extra dollars are really worth it. Preferred seats with extra legroom are especially popular. I admit, even though I am a short person with short legs, […]
United Airlines is cracking down on carry-on overload. The airline will tell workers at security checkpoint entrances to eyeball passengers for over-sized bags. Plus, it is putting out bag-sizing boxes at airports before security.
Janice Hough has a better idea for which bags the airlines should be extracting fee for. It is not the first checked bag… Do you agree?
For all the fancy models the major airlines come up with, boarding is taking longer and longer. Janice Hough offers some alternatives. Do you have any ideas you think might work?
It’s no secret — the more airlines charge for checked baggage, the more travelers will want to try to carry their bags on board the plane. The more people carry on, the more “try” becomes the operative word.
I hate to be the one to say, “The Emperor has no clothes,” but in this case, a senator howling about Spirit Air’s proposed carry-on bag fee being encouraged by a tax ruling, is wrong. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has contacted the Treasure Department demanding that they close a tax loophole that encourages airlines to charge baggage fees.
The lesson, if there is one, is probably that anything can happen while traveling. While there are no guarantees even at home, travel introduces new risks that can result in you being separated from something you care about.
The boarding process is no one’s favorite part of a trip. First there’s the tension of “will we actually start boarding or will there be a problem?” Then there’s the crush of people who always jam the gate area, regardless of their boarding priority. Once travelers finally make it into the Jetway and onto the […]
The battle between the airlines and passengers regarding the amount of “stuff” (that’s a technical term) that passengers can bring with them is seemingly never-ending.
Checked baggage fees keep going up and up, and carry-on limits are more carefully enforced. The combination means passengers have a greater incentive to bring as much as they can on board, but to consolidate it upon boarding.
So, instead of bringing books and papers separately, many travelers will pack them in a carry-on, but then put the bag overhead, and the reading material in the seatback pocket in front of them. Others do the same with toiletries, craft materials, and other things they want to use in flight.
Now this practice could just be about to change.
A new bill before Congress seeks to standardize the carry-on baggage rule. The bill, titled the Securing Carry-On Baggage Act, H.R. 2870, would apply to bags carried on board all U.S. commercial planes. It’s good news for air traveler.