D L X wrote:
I still, after reading into this 4th page, prefer the idea of lessening fees for checked luggage, or an expanded gate-check.
I also don't think anyone has posted why they think lowering or ending bag fees would prevent people from going into the overhead compartments. Let's talk about that nexus before we declare it the solution.
The way I'm seeing things, is that 1) With the fees implementeed/increasing, more people are taking their small luggage on board to negate those costs. 2) With the longer lines at the carousels (and wait times), people who travel light, are taking their small luggage on board.
So, one may well impact the other ie. lower fees, less money for ground handling, longer times waiting for luggage. Could be a traditional vicious circle. Howeve, back in the 'early days', photos of 707 cabins show open ledges. One wouldn't think they had less luggage then, but lower volumes of passengers might have led to shorter waits? Or they might not have been so hell-bent on needing to make a connection?
If the problem ("worry") of people is the wait times, lower fees would do nothing except maybe increase times. It's obvious to the more frequent traveller implementing fees did nothing to lessen the times either. So, it is either the savvy traveller who wants to avoid the carosel entirely and wants to exit the airport quickly or persons with tight connect times between airlines. I suppose it would be worth it to an airline to do an extensive, across the network survey with those who carry larger bags on board. Simply a form given at the gate or jetway to those persons, and have them kindly return them after their flight - maybe get a soft drink voucher? Anyway, that should help a lot to figure out, and maybe take that airline to the front of the line, so to speak.
I suppose a bulk gate check would be another option, but that would probably increase costs rather than lessening them. However, for $5, the gate check would work wonders?
Yeah, D L X, I might have negated my own solution above. I supoose it's always easy to point at fees and say that is the culprit. But a good study might be worthwhile - both for the airline itself and for the FAA/CAA etc. But the worthwhile solution would be to keep the luggage out of the cabin to begin with. How? That's the $64 dollar question. Study past and current behaviours - past behaviours sooner than later,all those people who worked the ramps and gates and cabins are retiring or have already...that information is important too.