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Airtran: Tuxedo As Carry On?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:29 pm

Hi All,

I'm asking this question here because it's neither a poll nor a preference: I expect that there will be one correct answer.

I'm flying AirTran tomorrow for the first time as part of a trip I won to the Tony Awards in New York. This event is "Black Tie Only" so I'm traveling with a tuxedo (also a first).

I'd like the tux to arrive in as reasonable a shape as possible and I'd also rather not deal with folding it into my standard rollaboard -- since I plan on doing the mass transit thing to/from LGA -- and I know that trying to cram it into my standard overnight bag just has disaster written all over it, especially since I'm not sure if I'll be able to get it pressed in Manhattan.

The question in two parts:
a) Can I get away with carrying a garmet bag that includes shirt/jacket/pants onto an Airtran flight? (it looks like it may be dimensionally OK if I roll it up   )
b) Does Airtran make closet space available to customers (assuming I ask nicely) or would I have to manuver it into an overhead?

If it makes a difference, I'm doing CAK-LGA-CAK, it looks like both flights are operated by 717s. I'm currently booked going out Saturday evening, but I'm going to try to stand by for the 6:40 AM flight.

I would just call but based on the "easier" question I asked earlier today -- after a 40 minute hold time -- getting a kind of shaky answer from the agent I figured that A.netters were probably more likely to know what reality is.

Thanks in advance,

Lincoln

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RE: Airtran: Tuxedo As Carry On?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:41 pm

Quoting lincoln (Thread starter):
a) Can I get away with carrying a garmet bag that includes shirt/jacket/pants onto an Airtran flight? (it looks like it may be dimensionally OK if I roll it up )

A few years ago, I took a garment bag (containing a suit) on a FL PHL-BOS flight (also a 717, layed it flat in the overhead bin) without incident. It wasn't an issue then; I don't see why it would be a problem now. The overhead bins on the 717 are fairly large and the dividers (between every other door) have large openings in case something lying flat stretches wider than the doors.

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Quoting lincoln (Thread starter):
b) Does Airtran make closet space available to customers (assuming I ask nicely) or would I have to manuver it into an overhead?

I'm not 100% sure (SeatGuru.com's map does not show one). If they do, it may/probably be reserved for its Business Class passengers... at least initially. If there's still room (and you ask); the F/As on board may allow you to use it.

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Quoting lincoln (Thread starter):
I'm asking this question here because it's neither a poll nor a preference:

It looks like your thread was moved over to P & Pr anyways.  

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RE: Airtran: Tuxedo As Carry On?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:26 pm

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 1):
A few years ago, I took a garment bag (containing a suit) on a FL PHL-BOS flight (also a 717, layed it flat in the overhead bin) without incident. It wasn't an issue then; I don't see why it would be a problem now.

The main problem flights are fuller now and people take more carry on so using up a whole bin to lay a garment bag flat and then expecting other passengers not to put stuff on top of it isn't super realistic. Most FA's I know will work with you as best they can to help find a spot that will keep the suit nice if you pleasantly explain. I know we once managed to find a spot for a big wedding dress.
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RE: Airtran: Tuxedo As Carry On?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:06 pm

Quoting iairallie (Reply 2):
The main problem flights are fuller now and people take more carry on so using up a whole bin to lay a garment bag flat and then expecting other passengers not to put stuff on top of it isn't super realistic.

And just WHERE in my original post did I state (or even insinuate) that I had the whole bin to myself?

And while, flights may be fuller, the maximum number of carry-ons per person hasn't changed since 9/14/01.

Additionally, the flight I was on wasn't exactly empty/light either and I DO remember others either placing their carry-ons either on top of my garment bag or below it. Since the purpose of a garment bag is to PROTECT the clothing contents inside, I didn't care whether others had their stuff on top of or below my bag.

Non-issue IMHO.

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RE: Airtran: Tuxedo As Carry On?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:45 pm

Getting a tux pressed in Manhattan is no problem.
Either your hotel or one of the cleaners which seemingly are located just about every other block should be able to handle it in a matter of hours. Matter of fact, I sometimes bring laundry on trips to NY on purpose as its so easy to get done quickly and cheaply.
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RE: Airtran: Tuxedo As Carry On?

Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:53 pm

Not necessarily for carry-on, but if all else fails I would recommend rolling it up and putting it in your checked bag. Rolling it minimises the wrinkles from folding, all you have to do is unroll it and hang it in the bathroom and let it steam when you shower. Good as new. I did this when I took a tuxedo and several other suits to London a few months ago.

If you do lay it flat in the bin you might want to be careful with people putting things on top of the shoulder padding, if the bag is very heavy it may cause some disfiguration and it will be a problem. I don't think there will be any problem with hanging it up on board, usually F/As are understanding of something like that provided the flight is not chocked full.
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RE: Airtran: Tuxedo As Carry On?

Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:37 pm

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 3):
And while, flights may be fuller, the maximum number of carry-ons per person hasn't changed since 9/14/01

True the carryon max has not changed. But bins are fuller than ever for several reasons. 1) checked bag fees mean that more people are actually bringing on their two items. 2) fuller flights mean the total potential number of carryon bags is higher.

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 3):
And just WHERE in my original post did I state (or even insinuate) that I had the whole bin to myself?

You did say that you laid it flat in the bin. I've seen this done several times and it tends to take up most of the space. A lot of passengers get agitated if you move their garment bag or attempt to place additional bags on top of it. It's just peachy that you aren't one of them. I was merely pointing it out the facts to LINCOLN so that he can make an informed decision.
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