The Travel Log – carry on baggage


My work keeps me on the road a lot. I am a frequent flier, in and out of airports all over the country and the world. In the new world order, with domestic carriers trying to extract the most fees from fliers, charging for checked bags, has encouraged everyone to carry on their luggage.

This wouldn’t be a problem if people had reasonable sized bags, but alas they push the envelope and try to use luggage that is way too big.

Of course, there are gauges to size the bags, and filter out the bags that are too large. Alas, they are virtually always ignored.

Until this trip. On my flight out of SFO, an oversold airplane, the gate agents became the bag nazi’s. Every bag they let in, had to fit in the gauge. Yay!

Of course, suddenly everybody in line gets the squirms.

For far too long, people bring too many bags, and bags that are oversize. Pushing the limits of luggage storage in the cabin, all to save $25. It used to be that carry on bags were the pro travelers, with truly small bags, who could do 3 nights and 4 days out of a tiny bag, now people are trying to haul body bags down the aisle.

I wish the gate agents would be this militant all the time.

And your personal bag isn’t a second full sized bag (and trying to sneak a backpack too is criminal)

For the record, I virtually always check my bag. Even as an early boarding elite passenger, I prefer to not drag my luggage across the airport.

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