At Vanguard, we frequently got flights in from DFW
where the bins made absolutley no sense whatsoever. DL
operated our ramp at both stations, and we had one helluva time figuring out what to do. We finally got to the point where all thru bags were checked and restacked in the adjoining bin. That took care of our missing local and transfer bags.
We also had a problem with bags not making the flight, even on low-load flights (say, 45% load factor out of DFW
, or 60% out of LAX
). They'd come in on the next flight, and we'd have to spend thousands of dollars a month to get the bags to their owners.
Since we were the hub @ MCI
, we couldn't do much to either station as a way of payback. We knew that if we loaded the bags handle-in, we'd probably end up pulling a bag, so we just put up with it for over a year. If we'd gotten the ATSB loan, there was talk about setting up our own ramp at some outstations, though DFW
were not on the list of candidates that I'd heard. DEN
were the two I heard most often.
Luckily, we had our own ramp as a hold-over from the mini-hub days at MDW
. They always treated us right. Hope that night flight MCI
got to them okay (I was a morning guy).
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