Voodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2070 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2024 times:
I recall arriving internationally once at YYZ(T2) and surprised to find that the baggage trolleys needed a Looney (CDN $1) for use. As if all non-Canadians, if not a few Canadians, actually had any Cdn. coins handy.
Is this still the case? Are there any fancy change machines set up now?
How about other airports on the planet?
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16991 posts, RR: 67
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2011 times:
I have one other pet peeve about trolleys: Brakes that work "the wrong way". IMHO, the brake should be "always on" and pushing the handle down should release the brake. That way trolleys are still if someone lets go in a ramp, and more importantly THEY DO NOT MOVE AROUND WHEN YOU TRY TO LOAD THEM ALONE! Many carts brake when you push the brake, which is fine, but as I said if I am alone and need to load a couple of heavy bags, I would rather the trolley stayed put while I do it.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13028 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1964 times:
In the US at some airports charge $2 or more as deposit/fees for the carts. At some airports in the past, the local kids or hustlers used to locate the carts in the parking lots and return them and collect the deposit. To me, carts for use within the terminal building should be free. One issue is that now many people have baggage with the wheels, thus negating the need for carts, so even more of a reason to have them free.
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1940 times:
Most of the airports in the UK (or at least the ones I've been to) are either free or require a £1 deposit which is fully refunded upon returning to a trolley collection point. American ones seem to charge at least a dollar and only return 25c! What incentive is that?
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1852 times:
I rember SFO being extremely expensive... Is that an effect of privatization?
How ironic. SFO was also built by the same Louis Turpen who now is in charge of YYZ. Its purely Turpen-policy that dictates these ridiculous user fees for basic services (on top of squeezing the traveler, airline and taxpayer to boot).
JOUY31 From France, joined May 2003, 447 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1807 times:
- In VIE, you need an 1 or 2 euro coin as deposit
- in ATH, you have to pay with a 1 euro coin. You can also pay by credit card, but I believe it is more expensive
I agree there is also an issue about the way "brakes work". I am also surprised between the differences between FRA and CDG:
- in FRA, you can use the trolleys on escalators, not on moving walkways,
- in CDG, the reverse is true,
It would be nice to be able to do both