on the contrary....airlines, specially in the UK, should relax their carry-on rules. In the US you get your roller bag (the ones approved for carry on by airlines) on any flight without a problem. In the UK/Europe/Asia, they always give you such a hard time with the size and weight. My bag is just the same size as the one used by FA
and I never over pack, but in London, you have to check it in. I had an argument with a BMI
agent at the London Express PAddington station counter who forced me to check the bag. I told her that because I was not at the airport i dindt trust their transfer system from the station to the airport to the plane and that she could give the tag and put it in the bag and that i was going to give to an agent at the counter at Heathrow. Once at the airport, i pulled the tag, I took my bag through security and into the plane with not problems. It fit perfectly in the overhead with room to spare and nobody even paid attention...because it was not oversized!
, the airport, not the airlines, is the one enforcing the carry-on rules. I wonder why? ..they had their militia, a group of 3 or 4, by each security area just looking at carry-on bags. They turn you around to check in your bag if they consider it too big. Waste of time and resources!
-So why are they so strict in Europe and Asia with those carry-ons?
I used to work in baggage services for an airline and i know what a nightmare it is from both sides, the airline and the pax.
My logic is that the Uk/european airlines would save a lot of man power, money and headaches if they allow more carry-ons, at the size and weight allowed inthe US, on all those flights. What is the reasoning of 5KG carry on? I am against oversized bags that dont fit in the overhead compartment, but most roller bags fit perfectly. When I flew ryannair and bmibaby, i had to check it in. I had to put all my valuables in my cargo pants pockets..that is ridiculous.
Continental, on the other hand, expanded the overhead compartments long time ago to better accomodate their paxs..that is the way to go.