IATA has proposed smaller limits for carry-on bags to ensure all air travelers will have space in planes’ overhead bins. Ned Levi examines the problem and the IATA solution. He concludes the guideline is about profit, not helping passengers.
This airline wants to give you a wider seat in economy cabin When every other airline wants to take away room in economy, Southwest is doing something different. The airline is widening its seats by 1/2 inch. At 17.8 inches (45 centimeters) across, the bottom seat cushions will be the widest in the coach cabin […]
Last month I wrote a two part series about “Choosing business and leisure travel luggage.” In it, I discussed the many attributes which should be considered when choosing luggage, including physical dimensions, weight, soft or hard sided, wheels or no wheels, handles, zippers, closures, organization, etc. Even if you could choose “perfect” luggage, it doesn’t […]
Over the years, I’ve been given more recommendations than I can count about the type, brand, factors and features of luggage one should consider before purchasing it. On my last trip to Europe I came home with my checked bag literally held together with duct tape. So, I coalesced the luggage information I’ve noted over […]
For most travelers, with most carriers, the days of free checked baggage are long gone. But, while the traveling public seems to have accepted baggage fees, one would think that along with the fees at least some level of service would become standard. Alas, for now, one would be wrong. Alaska Airlines does stand out […]
Last week I wrote about “5 rules for packing checked luggage defensively.” The rules are necessitated by woeful liability limits, set by governments, for luggage lost or damaged by the airlines. The liability issue is further exacerbated on US domestic flights by the airlines eliminating their liability, as per their contracts of carriage, on breakables, […]
Many air travelers think there’s nothing worse than having arrived at their destination airport, waiting at the baggage carousel while everyone else picks up their luggage, only to find their bag was lost, ripped or torn; or, when they open their baggage in their hotel, find broken or missing items.
When Frontier Airlines announced they would begin charging for carry-on luggage this summer, Ned Levi’s curiosity was piqued and he decided to look into flying the “ultra-cheap” airlines, Frontier and Spirit, and compare them to US Airways, the dominant airline at his home airport. Take a look at how the comparison worked out.
After encountering an aborted take-off recently, requiring a rebooked fight and a long delay, Ned Levi talked with fellow frequent fliers about what essentials they take into the cabin in their carry-ons for in-flight comfort and to counter delays and problems. Ned discusses those six essentials in this week’s column.
TSA has proposed permitting air travelers to bring pocket knives, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, ski poles and other previously banned items into aircraft cabins. Aviation and law enforcement officials, and members of the flying public are loudly complaining almost solely about pocket knives. Ned Levi examines potential problems with the new policy which few are discussing.