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Old 07-16-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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You have a point, I understand, I just don't think it is fair to charge extra from people who really have no say regarding their excess weight, whether it is actually in their bodies or not.
Then what is fair? Hiking up the fares, which will undoubtedly happen if they stop the baggage charges? Airlines have to make up the money somehow, they are a business after all. Either those that don't know how to pack pay for their extra bags or we all pay by way of airfare mark ups. They can't charge for excess human weight. They can charge for excess bags. Why should my fare be increased because someone decides they need their entire wardrobe on a weekend trip to Disney? I learned how to pack a long time ago. Maybe this will teach others that 7 pairs of shoes and an entire bottle of shampoo is excessive on a short trip. I agree, it's getting ridiculous, but they need to make money somehow!
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:49 PM
 
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About the baggage itself I completely agree. I am a light packer and learned to pack wisely many years ago.

I guess heavy packers usually don't have much travel experience, and I agree it is ridiculous to take a humongous suitcase no matter where you go. This to me this is kinda like the guy who uses the overhead room of three people to accommodate his stuff and is oblivious of other people who are paying customers too, btw.

Oh well, after having to drag your stuff through airports a few times you end up learning.

But even being a light packer I guess airlines will soon start squeezing outrageous fees every possible way, and as much as I understand a company needs to make money one thing is profit and other thing is a rip-off. And that is just not fair.
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Old 07-16-2010, 07:35 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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One of the last flights I was on had a guy that had a huge backpack, duffel bag and rolling luggage and was trying to stuff it into the overhead compartments. He bragged that security let him through with all that stuff. The passengers and flight attendants were not pleased!
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Old 07-16-2010, 07:50 PM
 
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Actually, this complaint was aired in congress recently due to consumer complaints.

It was reported thgat airlines do not pay income tax on fees ( as they do on fares) and thus the fees has brought $$$ BILLIONS of tax free money into the airlines.

The news ( KSTP Minneapolis) showed Jim Oberstar ( chairman of the House Transportation Committee ) sternly warning airlines if they don't change, rules and regulations will be put on them that they will not like.

Delta Airlines brought in the most money from tax free fees.
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:48 AM
 
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MAK, I partially agree with you...

What about people who are overweight due to medical conditions or have to carry heavy apparatus (sometimes medical/sometimes not) due to themselves, young children or elderly needs? It is still heavier than the average person, but it is not really fair to overcharge them, what do you think?!

My bags are getting smaller each time companies decide to change their regulations to Lilliputian standards.And I am a light packer.
Medical apparatus has never counted against baggage allowance, and there has never been a cost to check it or carry it on. That goes for anything from wheelchairs to nebulizers to Apap machines to crutches to service dogs.

Strollers can be gate checked at no charge.
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Old 07-17-2010, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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Baggage fees=fare increases under the table.
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