pkone
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Carry-on Luggage In The US

Wed Dec 17, 2003 7:35 am

Have to get this out of my system...I hate travelling in the U.S. by air...the amount of carry-on luggage that people bring is just ridiculous...stereo systems, huge boxes and once, on a flight from LA to NY...a duvet which could have been a mattress (still in the wrapping!?!). Besides the safety issue, there's the delay and pushing/shoving that it always causes. Also, the reluctance of people to turn off phones before takeoff is v. annoying. Any views?
 
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RE: Carry-on Luggage In The US

Wed Dec 17, 2003 7:57 am

I agree with you. Unfortunately, too many people see carrying on a bunch of crap as their right, which was gained when they purchased the ticket. While they may think that they'll be able to leave the airport upon arrival quicker, since they won't have to wait for checked luggage, they don't' understand that carrying on all that stuff can actually make them depart late. True, if a departure is up to about 15 minutes late, it typically can still arrive on time depending on the wind, altitude, etc., but I've been on flights were people have felt the need to bring so much stuff on board that the line's backed up all the way up the jetway. This is especially true this time of year, with presents, and, I've found, with folks with babies/infants/little kids. I'm not trying to start anything with any parents out there, but why does a kid need so much stuff, especially on shorter flights (less than 2 hours)?

But then again, I can't really complain. Once I had to bring crutches on board, and the f/a helped me stowe them up above my seat and attempted to make sure that no one opened that bin. Unfortunately, someone running late whipped the bin open with all the fury of a bat out of hell and the crutches bonked me in the head. Oh well, at least no one else got hit.

But what really irks me is when people put their rolling carry on's in sideways! Thank god that they're finally making overhead bins deep enough to hold a rolling carry on. I know that 717s and 738s have this feature, but can't recall any others off the top of my head.

Wow, I guess I had to vent too.

NS
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ssides
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RE: Carry-on Luggage In The US

Wed Dec 17, 2003 8:26 am

Pkone --

I agree with you to a large degree, with one exception: much of the carry-on luggage I see (and maybe this is because I travel more on business-oriented routes and times) are business travelers with good roll-aboard luggage. These people are road warriors who know how to get on and off the plane quickly, and if they fly three times a week, they don't want to be stuck in line checking their bags or stuck at the baggage claim waiting for their bags. I fully understand their situation, and generally applaud them for boarding and deplaning quickly.

But you are dead on about the other people -- huge shopping bags are my biggest pet peeve. I cannot believe what I see sometimes, especially kids' stuff. It is irritating, and I am always glad to fly European airlines due to the smaller number of carry-on bags.
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RE: Carry-on Luggage In The US

Wed Dec 17, 2003 8:55 am

The strangest carryon item I've ever seen was a plastic gallon bottle with a Clorox label filled with homebrew. The bottle wasn't even capped, but was instead wrapped in cellophane tape.

This guy wouldn't even share the stuff with the other passengers.

 
PiedmontGirl
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RE: Carry-on Luggage In The US

Wed Dec 17, 2003 9:06 am

Worldperks:

The strangest carryon item I've ever seen was a plastic gallon bottle with a Clorox label filled with homebrew. The bottle wasn't even capped, but was instead wrapped in cellophane tape.

This guy wouldn't even share the stuff with the other passengers.


And the self centered twit wouldn't even share any of Papa's Special Recipe with you. Drats!! What a dastardly soul!!  Smile
 
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RE: Carry-on Luggage In The US

Wed Dec 17, 2003 9:16 am

I'm not even sure if it was suds or spirits.

Well, I guess I'll never know.  Smile

 
contrails
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RE: Carry-on Luggage In The US

Wed Dec 17, 2003 10:08 pm

I wrote AA complaining about carry ons, among other things, shortly after completing my Thanksgiving trip. They haven't responded, as yet.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to look at a carry on the size of a pullman bag to know that it won't fit in the overhead. WHY do the airlines permit this lunacy?

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noelg
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RE: Carry-on Luggage In The US

Wed Dec 17, 2003 11:04 pm

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to look at a carry on the size of a pullman bag to know that it won't fit in the overhead. WHY do the airlines permit this lunacy?

While true that people do try to get away with taking an awful lot on board - the check-in agent can't always see what people are taking on board. Even if they have they have to believe what they're told - each time we fly I carry a 2ltr bottle of lemonade/coke in my rucksack - whilst not physically oversized, it can be a bit on the heavy side, but I always say we'll have finished drinking it by the time we board - never a problem. Most of the time we have finished it, but we always throw the bottle away in the gate area (even if there's some left), but there must be some people who get away with it...

Also, there's nothing to stop somebody with a huge carry on giving it to someone else (a relative or non-flying person seeing them off for example) while they check in - and then taking it through. Once you get to the gate, I think the attitude is it is too much trouble to send them back to check it in now - let them get on with it!

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