MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31810 posts, RR: 72 Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7613 times:
Quoting JAGflyer (Thread starter): Do you see certain routes/airlines that seem to have an extremely large amount of baggage either hold or carry on? Which in peticular.
New York City, Boston, Miami, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale to anywhere in Hispanola or Puerto Rico are extremely bag intensive routes. One reason jetBlue ended JFK-SDQ was because they couldn't handle the large amount of baggage.
JAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3402 posts, RR: 4 Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7582 times:
I'll add my 2 cents.
Having flown in and out of YUL about 10 times this year so far and leaving around the same time each time I have noticed pax travelling to Africa (AT, MS) seem to all have luggage carts piled up with at least 4-6 huge bags per family.
SQ in LAX needed 2-3 carousels for their 747 arrival from NRT. My flight (LY from YYZ/TLV) was also on the same belt and staff had to remove all the baggage since people couldn't claim it fast enough. Bags were falling off the belt in every direction. Funny thing is, there were 5 open belts and they decided to stick everything on these 3.
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ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 8 Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7552 times:
Any flight to Africa on Ethiopian Airlines - not uncommon to see pax with 8 pieces of large suitcases checking them in... I recall seeing this one old man at IAD checking in, came from parking lot with a skycap pushing huuuuge cart, about 8 or 9 similar large suitcases. At $150 excess for each above 2 pieces, well...
ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3920 posts, RR: 2 Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7525 times:
I would say any routes to and from major cruise ports. Boston-Miami, to name one. AA used A300s to serve the dual needs for large people and baggage capacity. That's what I hear about the A300s: they had a lot of belly space to fit those steamer trunks .
Now, either the cruise industry has gone to hell or AA is a few sandwiches shy of a picnic. A300s have given way to majestic MD-80s. They must be snapping, or else I have the dynamics wrong. They're the ones running the airline, so I'll defer to their wisdom (sarcasm intended).
Commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 10675 posts, RR: 62 Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7423 times:
Joining the chorus, I think it would easily be flights from JFK and MIA to Caribbean points, particularly in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. People there literally fly to the United States just to shop for things that would cost many times more in their home countries, and then they fly home with all of it stuffed into bags. It is not uncommon for a family of six or seven to check in at JFK with several bags (per person!) to check
Captaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5108 posts, RR: 12 Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7416 times:
Flights to africa are very heavy. My uncle is from Ghana and when they visit, they expect some of their bags to arrive a few days over. I can also speak for London/Nigeria. The passengers would bring a whole car if they can.
And of course US/Caribbean not only SDQ/SJU try nearly all caribbean destinations. The shortshipped bags on JM and BW to the eastern caribbean becuause of bulkouts are endless during peak seasons. Many a times JM had to ship the bags on Amerijet / DHL cause after a week of bulkouts there is just no other way to get the bags down.
When I worked the JM counter on flights GND/JFK, you would see two people stuggling to lift one bag. They put on the scale and it runs up 100/120lbs, then stare at me and say it is a little heavy. It was quite an experience to work that counter. And of course those who are not overweight are sure to pack exaclty 70lbs in each checked piece and try to fit 50lbs in a bag that obvioiusly cant go in the overhead compartment or under the seat onboard, so to work the gate was another task. These peak season flights are always bulked out.
BHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5 Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7389 times:
Quoting N62NA (Reply 2): I remember reading on here a while back that those SA)">AA flights out of MIA and JFK to some of the Caribbean islands would be prime candidates!
Any flight to SA as well. For some reason the passengers out of EWR seem to be the worst offenders. I wouldn't even know where to buy a suitcase the size of some of those you see commonly. I think it's these flights that created the suitcase wrap rip-off concessions.
Yhz78 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 147 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7377 times:
Any flights on IceAir to KEF is always guaranteed to have a ton of bags and some very interesting cargo as well. About 5 years ago i worked the winter at EGE and Mariah Carey flew in from JFK with 3 or 4 people. Their bags took up all of hold 4 of a B757, I couldn't believe it......what's crazier was that she was only staying for 4 days.
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LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12692 posts, RR: 13 Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7373 times:
Some flights from the USA to Carribbean island countries, Mexico, certain South and Central American Countries have year round limits on the quanity of excess baggage one can check in. Some of those same airlines and routes severly limit or don't allow any excess baggage at key heavy travel times like around Easter and Christmas.
With many of those flights noted above, they go to places where basic goods are either unavilable, highly taxed (like booze) or expensive (clothing, appliances or almost all imported goods). Often you have a family member working in the USA (legally or illegally) or traveling to see family in the destination countries. They usually bring back stuff for family, friends they bought with their income. In some cases, some are bring items for resale in the destination countries for themselves or for others to make money from.