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Carry-On Baggage Rules - Are They Being Enforced?

Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:14 pm

In various threads at over the years, there have been many discussions about the rules of carry-on luggage, and how airlines have turned a blind eye much of the time to those passengers that go "above and beyond" what the rules state is allowable. However, since the almost nation-wide implementation of the charge for a first bag, the volume of carry-on luggage has reached almost ludicrous amountd (I still can't believe how long it takes to get a plane boarded and unboarded!!).

The rules are that the carry-on bag is supposed to have a maximum volume - x inches by y inches by z inches, otherwise it is supposed to be checked, and that passengers may have one carry-on plus one personal item. In a perfect world, these rules would be uniformly implemented and enforced.

  • Have the airlines started stricter enforcement of these rules?

  • Whose responsibility is it to notice when a passenger shows up with too much or too large of a carry-on? Check-in agents? Gate agents? Flight attendants?

  • Are frequent flyers getting a pass on their oversized luggage while "Joe Six-Pack" has to check something? (Not to be critical of the frequent flyer, but some "elites" use their status frequently to push things through that otherw would not be allowed!)

  • What happens to the poor soul that is last to board but finds that bin hogs have taken all the space, and while he has followed the rules, he is asked to check a bag? Is he just out of luck?

    My personal opinion is that the already laborious process of boarding and unboarding - prior to the checked bag fees - has become even more ludicrous, and will lead to even more frayed nerves and tempers. My only flight since this fee was added made one group, the flight attendants, solely responsible for making everything fit, whether people were bin hogs or not.

    However, IF the fee is here to stay (and it probably will be), then I think it is incumbent upon the airline to do everything they can to fairly implement the rules and let people know at the earliest possible moment of what can and cannot be taken on the plane. I think right now it is MUCH more difficult than it needs to be, and regardless of how much a person paid or their status with an airline, the same standard needs to be applied to all.
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    RE: Carry-On Baggage Rules - Are They Being Enforc

    Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:25 pm

    At the airline I fly for (and the mainline I feed) passengers are not following the carry on bag size. I fly the CRJ700 which has smaller overhead bins than mainline. Many passengers "carry on" bags would not fit on mainline much less a CRJ. Most carry on bags at my airline are gate checked so even an oversize carry on gets "checked" for free. I will say this process speeds loading and unloading of passengers as there are fewer people fighting for overheard space.

    When I travel on mainline I still see passengers with two rolling stacked on top of the other. If both bags have wheels they are both carry on and do not qualify as 1 carry on and 1 personal item. Also if the passenger can't lift their "carry on bag" it's no longer carry on and should have been checked!

    I wish airlines would enforce the carry on size. My wife and I can travel for 5 days with a 22 inch carry on bag and a briefcase sized laptop bag. The hunt for overhead space forces the mainline flight attendants to play the overhead baggage space hunt and move stuff around. They can be injured moving heavy bags around.
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    RE: Carry-On Baggage Rules - Are They Being Enforc

    Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:12 am

    Quoting Stillageek (Reply 1):
    If both bags have wheels they are both carry on and do not qualify as 1 carry on and 1 personal item.

    Bull many backbacks and laptop cases have wheels. They fit under the seat and certainly qualify as a personal item.
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    RE: Carry-On Baggage Rules - Are They Being Enforc

    Thu Jan 22, 2009 5:17 pm

    Quoting Iairallie (Reply 2):
    Bull many backbacks and laptop cases have wheels. They fit under the seat and certainly qualify as a personal item.

    I agree total bull!  redflag 

    My roll-a-board always has my laptop case with wheels sittong on top of it, and that is my personal I'd say your theory about wheels is a gate check!  Smile
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