timz
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"Checking" Bags At The Gate

Sat May 06, 2006 11:14 am

Before beginning boarding of the JetBlue flight OAK-JFK the podium offered to take people's carry-on suitcases (didn't say whether they'd go in the hold, but they must?) and have them at the aircraft door to be picked up on arrival. And people that "checked" a bag that way would get to preboard.

How common is this? I'd have thought people would jump all over that offer.
 
Newark777
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RE: "Checking" Bags At The Gate

Sat May 06, 2006 11:16 am

Seems like a policy trying to limit the amount of carry on baggage brought into the cabin, by putting it in the hold.

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EMBQA
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RE: "Checking" Bags At The Gate

Sat May 06, 2006 11:17 am

Quoting Timz (Thread starter):
How common is this? I'd have thought people would jump all over that offer.

Gate Check is VERY-VERY common....and the only way I go.
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r311music
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RE: "Checking" Bags At The Gate

Sat May 06, 2006 11:43 am

At WN gate checking is very common. Loaded a FLL flight the other day with 30 gate checks. Had to bring a cart over next to the jetway and then stack them all in E, which is a very small and hard to stack bin as the rest of the plane was shortstacked since we didn't have much else.
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Bridogger6
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RE: "Checking" Bags At The Gate

Sat May 06, 2006 12:22 pm

On a full flight, on most aircraft, overhead bins are not adequate to fit every single passengers bag. In these cases, the last to board (when the overhead bins fill) are the first to get the shaft. In most cases, these passengers will not be lucky enough to have their bags checked so that they're waiting again in the jetway. Usually the bags will be checked to baggage claim. This is because if they were all checked to be brought back to the jetway, there would be a large group of people standing in the jetway at the end of the flight which creates a safety and security hazard.

The gate checking, in the sense that they will bring the bag back into the jetway at the end of the flight, is normally only used for strollers, wheelchairs, assistive devices and first class passengers. All other passengers bags generally will go to baggage claim when the overhead bins are full.
 
HPRamper
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RE: "Checking" Bags At The Gate

Sat May 06, 2006 1:08 pm

Gate checking on mainline planes is necessary mainly because people try to board with "carryon" that is unreasonably big and will not fit in the overhead, or will take up the amount of space normally needed for more than one person. I hear the excuse "it fits in any other airline's bins" often and I don't buy it, since the bins are basically the same across an aircraft type. Many also bitch and complain that they don't know why we don't let them board with it....when if they had taken the time to use the little bin-size thing at the ticket counter they would already know they would be denied.

Also, items like guitars, crutches, wheelchairs, strollers are very very commonly checked. And please...remember to loosen your guitar strings  Smile
 
phatfarmlines
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RE: "Checking" Bags At The Gate

Sat May 06, 2006 1:36 pm

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 5):
when if they had taken the time to use the little bin-size thing at the ticket counter they would already know they would be denied.

I think that is something that should be dictated by the ticket agents. It seems it isn't enforced enough.
 
andz
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RE: "Checking" Bags At The Gate

Sat May 06, 2006 1:43 pm

It happens all the time here on the regionals, you leave your bag on a trolley at the foot of the aircraft steps and pick it up when you deplane.
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HPRamper
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RE: "Checking" Bags At The Gate

Sat May 06, 2006 1:52 pm

Quoting Phatfarmlines (Reply 6):
I think that is something that should be dictated by the ticket agents. It seems it isn't enforced enough.

I suppose the problem is worsened by online check-in so the passenger can bypass the ticket counter. I've always thought there should be a notice given online when a ticket is booked, especially in the case of the RJs and regional planes.