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Old 04-07-2010, 12:01 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Those of us who travel often and show loyalty to one or two airlines shouldn't (and don't) have to worry about carry on or luggage fees. It's called frequent flyer elite status, and we are exempt from any of these charges if the major carriers adopt it.

I am all for this - it reduces the hassle of dealing with the novice travelers that choose to pack to much in their carryons.
Exactly! Elite status with Delta will often get you free upgrades to first class and no fees!
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Old 04-07-2010, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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There are three reasons why frequent flyers avoid checking bags:

1. Checked bags can take up to an hour to hit the carousel (Delta, JFK)

2. Checked bags can get lost (Continental sent bag to Cleveland instead of Newark and BA managed to take 5 days to get our bags to our home in Arizona after a trip to the UK).

3. Airlines charge for checked bags (US Air had same price as Southwest for a flight from LAX to Phoenix but SW don't charge for bags so guess who got the business).

Even if airlines charged for carry-on bags, "reasons 1 & 2" would still make me take carry-on whenever possible. On the occasions where I do check a bag I always take a carry-on "back-up" because of "reason 2".
You sound like a seasoned air travel person ..I think you know excactly the type I'm referring too
No they don't want to wait but have no problem holding up an entire plane while they retrieve all their crap
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Old 04-07-2010, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Maybe I missed something, but what is being accomplished? Why didn't you just put all that stuff in the backpack in the first place?
Fair question.

It's to avoid a hassle with security. Although the backpack is smaller than average, it's still bigger than a typical purse; therefore, it would appear that I was trying to smuggle in two carry-ons. It's a psychological thing, something I do much of in life.

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Old 04-07-2010, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Fair question.

It's to avoid a hassle with security. Although the backpack is smaller than average, it's still bigger than a typical purse; therefore, it would appear that I was trying to smuggle in two carry-ons. It's a psychological thing, something I do much of in life.
Maybe that's what I missed, but I thought the carry on limit was an airline rule, not a TSA rule. Meaning, TSA doesn't count the number items you bring through security - at least they never have for me. It never occurred to me that TSA was counting bags, nor do I remember any signs other than the 3-1-1 rules.

I normally bring a laptop bag, a backpack and a rolling suitcase and only one time (out of about 40 trips) was I forced to check one of them and that was at the gate as I was boarding - American was enforcing the rule that day. (Normally I put my rolling suitcase in the storage above and my laptop bag and backpack under the seat in front - they barely fit.)
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Maybe that's what I missed, but I thought the carry on limit was an airline rule, not a TSA rule.
Good point. I'll check TSA's site just to see what's there.
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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Charge the proper fare for the distance travelled and enough with all these foolish add on charges. Really enough is enough.
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:45 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Well, if this practice spreads to other airlines, I foresee a stinky future for air travel.

People will travel some place for a week, wear the same clothes every day, to avoid paying the surcharge, and we'll be pinching our noses on our return flights.
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:48 AM
 
Location: Northeast PA
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Southwest Airlines.
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Well, if this practice spreads to other airlines, I foresee a stinky future for air travel.

People will travel some place for a week, wear the same clothes every day, to avoid paying the surcharge, and we'll be pinching our noses on our return flights.
I already know people who do that.

Not me.
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Charge the proper fare for the distance travelled and enough with all these foolish add on charges.

So you think the 1+ billion dollar airline industry's army of PhDs and MBAs analyzing market research data, economic data, industry financials, FAA regulations, and geopolitical data are making a mistake?
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