ckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 4906 posts, RR: 1 Posted (2 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1390 times:
Last Thursday, my wife was trying to fly home from MIA to ORD. With the early morning thunderstorms, ORD had gone into a ground stop, and it was going to be well into the day, before most flights were back on schedule.
My wife had been scheduled for a 2:55pm departure on AA. After she had already checked her bag, I got a hold of her to tell her that the inbound flight was scheduled to arrive in MIA around 6pm.
In checking into standing by for an earlier flight (at that point, the noon and 1:50 departures hadn't left) a gate agent told her she would have little chance of getting on a plane due to lack of elite status, and no chance due to having already checking a bag for her flight.
Now, the latter is not that new. I had the same issue back with AA in the late 1990s.
But, why do airlines not allow people to stand by for earlier flights, if they have already checked bags?
Yes, airlines hate to deliver bags. But, I'm more than willing to drive back to ORD to get the bags.
ckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 4906 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1012 times:
Quoting anstar (Reply 1): Presumably for security reasons. You want people to be flying with their bags and if the bag has been checked in for 1 flight there may not be enough time to get that bag onto the new flight.
Quoting grain (Reply 2): There is no security reason. After PPBM (Positive Passenger Bag Match) went away with all bags being screened by TSA for bombs and sutch there is no reason for the passenger to travel with the bags.
First, I still thought that there was a need to match passengers and bags. I remember seeing on Airport 24/7 on Travel Channel an instance where passenger failed to board an airplane, and they had to pull the bags out of the hold.
On the other hand, if you get bumped from a flight, voluntarily or involuntarily, the bags still go out on the original flight. I've volunteered my seat a nunber of times, both before and after 9/11, and the bags still go on the earlier flight.