So the other day I was flying standby from AUS to Bur thru Denver on UAL. The gate agent told me that if I checked my bags they would go on the earlier standby flt even if I did not get one that flt. I was able to get on an earlier flt from AUS to DEN but in DEN I could not get on a flt for 5 hrs. When I finally got into Burbank my bags were on the last flt of the day( my normal flt).
So I understand I am stupid for checking a bag while try to do standby.
What I want to know is what is really supposed to happen to my bags. Should they have only been placed on my normally ticked flts even though I flew standby? If so why do they let you check bags if you flying standby? Also isnt there some rule post 9/11 that says only checked bags are allowed for boarded passengers?
Oh I have to say the UAL baggage guy in Burbank was very cool and has helped me out a few times. One reason why I love that airport slower pace nicer less hurried people.