English | Italian

"Modern travel: Keep calm and..." (Theme) The lastest total: 100+. you can read with page flip.

close
show list
related videos
Gatwick Airport passengers facing minimal baggage delays.
Flight AH 5017 Carrying 110 Passengers 'Loses Contact With Plane' From Burkina Faso
Alaska Airline Carry-On Baggage Predictive Analytics Project
United Airlines Clamps Down on Carry-On Baggage Restrictions
Sea-Tac Airport installs Airblade™ technology - Official Dyson video
English News Today - More Airline Passengers Showing Up With Guns
Continue »
Pop theme

John Cantlie,Republican Party,Ebola Virus,Fireworks Stafford,Burkina Faso,Ukraine gas,David Cameron,Andy Murray,Peshmerga,Marvel Comics

Related theme

carry board

Modern travel: Keep calm and carry it on


passengers carry airlines

2014-01-27 00:54:04

Jaime Hogge; CP; AP; Reuters

For the modern airline passenger, boarding a plane has morphed into a torturous Tetris-like ordeal—finding that last nook in the overhead bin to jam in your own, probably oversized, carry-on bag. And that’s after waiting ages in the aisle as the passengers ahead of you do the same. Carry-ons: such little bags, such huge headaches.

When the recession hit and fuel prices skyrocketed, airlines started charging for checked luggage as a way to boost margins. Now well into their recovery, airlines have stuck with the additional fees. Depending on the route, a second checked bag with Air Canada or WestJet can cost anywhere from $20 to $100. Air Canada’s passengers to the U.S. pay $25 for a single checked bag. The predictable effect has been passengers trying to avoid extra

fees with carry-on bags ready to burst at the seams.

“Airlines somewhat have brought this on themselves by starting to charge [for checked bags] because people are going to try to avoid those charges,” says Karl Moore, a McGill professor and aviation expert. “If you’re going to have to pay $50, you’re certainly incented to avoid putting that luggage [in cargo] below.”

Those on the front lines are all too aware of the ways passengers try to outsmart the airlines. “It’s the domino effect,” says Michel Cournoyer, the CUPE airline division president, whose union represents Air Canada flight attendants. “It creates delays because at some point there are too many bags on board the aircraft.”

The first domino is already teetering by the time passengers buy their bags, since even those promoted for carry-on use are woefully oversized. Take the Heys “Equator” carry-on, advertised as taking “full advantage of the maximum allowance for carry-on luggage.” Yet its dimensions (21” x 15.5” x 9”) exceed WestJet’s carry-on size restrictions (21” x 15” x 9”). (Air Canada size restrictions are slightly larger.) Heys isn’t the only luggage company pushing the limits. Most bags now come with zippered expansion systems that, when used, will fatten bags to the point they’d never fit in the rigid metal measurement contraptions at airport gates.

Not that anyone is likely to ever check. On-time performance targets set by the airlines mean employees at baggage counters and gates rarely check carry-ons for weight or size. After three years of airlines charging for luggage, passengers have trained themselves to cram heavier items into the carry-on, putting them over the weight restrictions for those bags—approximately 22 lb. for most airlines.

Once on board, flight attendants are seldom around to help with the heavy lifting. One Air Canada flight attendant, who asked not to be identified, said the company instructs them to not to lift passengers’ bags because they are not insured in case of injury. And so passengers struggle in the aisles to hoist their bags, causing even more boarding delays.

Passengers may fume about a lack of space, but airlines aren’t complaining. The move to charge for luggage has been a boon to their bottom lines. While figures for Canadian airlines aren’t broken out, U.S. figures show the top five U.S. airlines pocketed a combined $2 billion in baggage fees during the first three quarters of 2013. That’s a 470 per cent jump over the same period in 2007.

But use of carry-ons isn’t entirely driven by fee avoidance, says airline consultant Jay Sorensen. Part of it is convenience. “I think it’s a love of carry-on,” he says. Passengers want to avoid the wait at the luggage carousel and horror stories of lost bags have passengers keeping everything in close reach.

Solutions to the carry-on crush vary from risk to reward. The U.S. low-cost carrier Spirit enforces carry-on bag size with a substantial fee. “You are financially encouraged not to take large bags to the gate,” Sorensen says. “I’ve flown Spirit and I have never witnessed such a smooth boarding process.” Last year, American Airlines also tested letting passengers who don’t have carry-ons board first.

Then again, with no hulking carry-on to store, what’s the incentive to board early? Other than to watch everyone else struggle.

View Original Article: macleans.ca
Disclaimer statement: The point of this article or rights belongs to the authors and publishers. We take no responsibility for the content of this article and legitimacy.
Do you have any questions about this article, please contact the news source macleans.ca.
Or contact us

Share

Write an article relevant this topic share on facebook share on twitter share on google plus share on oknews share on linkedin share on digg share on reddit share on newsvine share on pinterest share on netlog share on tumblr share on delicious send email print add to favorite

"Modern travel: Keep calm and..." IN THE COMMUNITY!

Facebook
    Twitter

      PHOTO

        No results related
      Share one Sentence

      Manage my submission

      [{"b":"d","i":"975769","t":"Quick Links","a":1},{"b":"d","i":"975778","t":"High air pollution levels near unconventional oil and gas production sites","a":2},{"b":"a","i":"1359421","t":"The 9 at 9: Friday - Yahoo News UK","a":3},{"b":"f","i":"1172740","t":"RT\u00c9 TEN's TV picks for today Friday Oct 31","a":4},{"b":"d","i":"975744","t":"Abuse victims want Woolf to quit","a":5},{"b":"a","i":"1359400","t":"Wind of Change: European grid prepares for massive integration of renewables -- ScienceDaily","a":6},{"b":"b","i":"1296262","t":"Apakau to Present Application Performance Benefits of Using a Data Delivery Network at Performance & Capacity 2014, by CMG Conference","a":7},{"b":"b","i":"1296264","t":"Royal couple to end Colombia tour","a":8},{"b":"b","i":"1296247","t":"Religious experts say exorcisms are on the rise","a":9},{"b":"b","i":"1296248","t":"SIS may open floodgates in challenging fatwa","a":10},{"b":"d","i":"975715","t":"More than \u00a33.5 million worth of property sold at auction today in Norwich","a":11},{"b":"a","i":"1359361","t":"Here's what Halloween looks like in our house! Frightfully good pictures from Worcester families","a":12},{"b":"a","i":"1359367","t":"MORNING BID EUROPE-A daily note from our Economics\/Politics Editors - Yahoo Finance UK","a":13},{"b":"b","i":"1296221","t":"Brisbane G20: Magistrates Court to run 24 hours a day, after-hours sessions to be streamed on internet - Yahoo!7","a":14},{"b":"b","i":"1296225","t":"Angel Flight West Launches the "Have You Helped An Angel" Campaign on Indiegogo","a":15},{"b":"a","i":"1359350","t":"2G: A Raja, Kanimozhi, Dayalu Ammal & others put on trial in money laundering case","a":16},{"b":"a","i":"1359353","t":"2G: A Raja, Kanimozhi, Dayalu Ammal & others put on trial in money laundering case","a":17},{"b":"a","i":"1359354","t":"QualiTest Group and TestPlant Partner to Provide Manual and Automated QA and Testing Services Globally for all Software Platforms","a":18},{"b":"d","i":"975674","t":"HAPPY NEW YEAR breaks CHENNAI EXPRESS' records!","a":19},{"b":"d","i":"975685","t":"Montco officials monitoring West Africa travelers for Ebola","a":20},{"b":"b","i":"1296209","t":"Celebrity birthdays: Willow Smith turns 14","a":21},{"b":"b","i":"1296210","t":"CelebExperts Sees The Market Trending Towards Famous Female Celebrities","a":22},{"b":"a","i":"1359334","t":"Lady Knights golf to state tourney","a":23},{"b":"d","i":"975653","t":"Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma to Debut $40 Million Expansion in January 2015","a":24},{"b":"b","i":"1296197","t":"RBS sets aside \u00a3400M for rigging claims","a":25},{"b":"b","i":"1296199","t":"RBS sets \u00a3400m for rigging claims","a":26},{"b":"a","i":"1359310","t":"Today's kids could experience time travel, invisibility cloaks during lifetimes - Yahoo News India","a":27},{"b":"b","i":"1296175","t":"Teenagers to sue Malaysia Airlines over loss of father","a":28},{"b":"d","i":"975645","t":"Budweiser owner InBev profits up 5.5 percent in Q3","a":29},{"b":"b","i":"1296146","t":"Halloween costumes 'damaging'","a":30},{"b":"b","i":"1296160","t":"Premier League - Paper Round: Roy Keane reveals reality TV decision - Yahoo Eurosport UK","a":31},{"b":"b","i":"1296136","t":"Killer soldier jailed for life over Shropshire barracks murder","a":32},{"b":"c","i":"1895597","t":"Sony Project Morpheus","a":33},{"b":"b","i":"1296143","t":"NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Symons era gets underway today","a":34},{"b":"a","i":"1359290","t":"Fest 13: A mecca for punk - The Independent Florida Alligator: Local & National","a":35},{"b":"a","i":"1359294","t":"UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014","a":36},{"b":"a","i":"1359296","t":"The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago — but Germany is still divided","a":37},{"b":"d","i":"975619","t":"Bank Indonesia to Manage Inflation as Costlier Fuel Looms","a":38},{"b":"f","i":"1172266","t":"Finance Ministers to launch SME bank today","a":39},{"b":"b","i":"1296109","t":"Sony Posts Narrower-Than-Expected Loss on PlayStation, Sensors","a":40},{"b":"b","i":"1296077","t":"Official could be named today","a":41},{"b":"b","i":"1296078","t":"Havasu plans for larger city, older residents","a":42},{"b":"f","i":"1172269","t":"Why Did Macy's Charge Sales Tax On Exchanged Items Bought In (No-Tax) R.I.?","a":43},{"b":"d","i":"975577","t":"India one of the worst places for paying taxes: World Bank","a":44},{"b":"b","i":"1296086","t":"M2Mi Joins the Industrial Internet Consortium to Enable Better Security, Privacy and Contextual Intelligence for Enterprise M2M and IoT","a":45},{"b":"b","i":"1296092","t":"T1Visions Signs On Ingram Micro as U.S. Distributor","a":46},{"b":"b","i":"1296066","t":"Kofax Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended September 30, 2014 - Yahoo Finance UK","a":47},{"b":"d","i":"975562","t":"Prop. 187 lives on today in a surprising way","a":48},{"b":"b","i":"1296053","t":"Brikk Launches Exclusive, Collector\u2019s Edition of Nikon Camera Kit in 24k Yellow Gold","a":49},{"b":"b","i":"1296056","t":"Madison alder, a former Trek executive, disputes allegations Mary Burke was fired","a":50},{"b":"d","i":"975517","t":"Minister says steps being taken to release seized Christian materials","a":51},{"b":"f","i":"1172166","t":"Film events - Fri, 31 Oct 2014 PST","a":52},{"b":"b","i":"1296012","t":"2G PMLA case: Former Telecom Minister A Raja, MP Kanimozhi, and others put on trial","a":53},{"b":"f","i":"1172170","t":"Halloween events - Fri, 31 Oct 2014 PST","a":54},{"b":"a","i":"1359226","t":"How To Manage End-Of-Life Scanning Hardware","a":55},{"b":"b","i":"1295962","t":"Royal couple to end Colombia tour","a":56},{"b":"a","i":"1359218","t":"End of QE3 Means Fed Statement Finally Shrinks","a":57},{"b":"a","i":"1359204","t":"Garden program in Uganda works to educate children","a":58},{"b":"a","i":"1359206","t":"Bull of the Day: Kennedy Wilson (KW) - Yahoo News Malaysia","a":59},{"b":"f","i":"1172161","t":"Weekend TV\/radio best bets","a":60},{"b":"d","i":"975475","t":"Kariya, Japan, Oct 31, 2014 - (JCN Newswire) - DENSO Corporation today announced its global financial results for the ...","a":61},{"b":"d","i":"975477","t":"Kurtley Beale saga avoidable, says Robbie Deans","a":62},{"b":"d","i":"975478","t":"DENSO Announces First-half Financial Results","a":63},{"b":"a","i":"1359186","t":"Sussex Physicists Find Simple Solution For Quantum Technology Challenge","a":64},{"b":"d","i":"975446","t":"2G scam: Charges framed against A Raja, Kanimozhi","a":65},{"b":"d","i":"975448","t":"Even Gandhi Seems Incomplete Without Sardar Patel, Says PM Modi","a":66},{"b":"d","i":"975451","t":"'Run for Unity' in Mumbai; Devendra Fadnavis joins in","a":67},{"b":"b","i":"1295899","t":"Lascom Solutions Helps U.S. Food Industry Exporters Comply With New EU Regulations","a":68},{"b":"b","i":"1295914","t":"Ambev Reports 2014 Third Quarter Results Under IFRS","a":69},{"b":"a","i":"1359156","t":"Alliance For Bangladesh Worker Safety Engages University Of Texas To Conduct Independent Impact Assessment Of Safety Trainings","a":70},{"b":"a","i":"1359164","t":"At last! Lifting the curtain on Sardar Patel's legacy","a":71},{"b":"d","i":"975424","t":"John Kerry cites Narendra Modi's visit to show new diplomatic challenges","a":72},{"b":"a","i":"1359136","t":"Run for Unity: Know about Iron man Sardar Patel, who forged the Indian union","a":73},{"b":"d","i":"975418","t":"Today in History. Oct. 31","a":74},{"b":"d","i":"975419","t":"University Alum Gives Firsthand Account of the Fall of Berlin Wall","a":75},{"b":"c","i":"1895469","t":"BNP Paribas Posts Higher Profit as Loan Provisions Fall","a":76},{"b":"d","i":"975380","t":"Tiempo calendar: Amigo Airsho, KLAQ Haunted House, Shakespeare on the Rocks","a":77},{"b":"d","i":"975391","t":"Pattaya Mail","a":78},{"b":"f","i":"1172090","t":"The A to Z of Nadine Lustre","a":79},{"b":"a","i":"1359056","t":"Bow WOW!\r\nStella & Chewy's is on the fast track","a":80},{"b":"b","i":"1295793","t":"Fadnavis to take charge today; Sena to keep off swearing-in | Business Standard News","a":81},{"b":"a","i":"1359038","t":"10 things to do in Toowoomba this weekend","a":82},{"b":"d","i":"975319","t":"SoCon meet today without Henderson and other sports news","a":83},{"b":"g","i":"40586","t":"STOP Notice of Trustee Sale and the Ocwen Foreclosure Process today by Filing a Lawsuit or Filing Bankruptcy","a":84},{"b":"a","i":"1358995","t":"Montco officials monitoring West Africa travelers for Ebola","a":85},{"b":"a","i":"1358999","t":"VIDEO: Pearl S. Buck International hosts naturalization ceremonies for 48 new American citizens","a":86},{"b":"b","i":"1295762","t":"Today's Birthdays","a":87},{"b":"f","i":"1172015","t":"Today in History","a":88},{"b":"a","i":"1359012","t":"Crude oil prices down in Asian trade","a":89},{"b":"a","i":"1358987","t":"Gone downtown: 2015 real estate trend - Revelstoke Times Review","a":90},{"b":"b","i":"1295755","t":"Sensex hits new record-high of 27,493.59; Nifty crosses 8,200","a":91},{"b":"a","i":"1358975","t":"KC Online Marketing Company, MarketingXchange, Redesigns Glass Company Website to Reflect Company\u2019s Professionalism","a":92},{"b":"a","i":"1358980","t":"Kerry cites Modi visit to show new diplomatic challenges","a":93},{"b":"a","i":"1358954","t":"Sen. Cruz issues statement about City of Houston's decision to withdraw subpoena","a":94},{"b":"d","i":"975308","t":"'Blue' dollar sinks to 14.33 pesos on control fears","a":95},{"b":"f","i":"1172032","t":"Harvard Today: October 31, 2014","a":96},{"b":"a","i":"1358957","t":"Plymouth Historical Society repairs history","a":97},{"b":"c","i":"1895363","t":"Starbucks coffee delivery coming soon for mobile app orders","a":98},{"b":"f","i":"1171934","t":"Students show support for UPUA's \"We're a culture, not a costume\" campaign","a":99},{"b":"c","i":"1895347","t":"Slightly scary Seattle: A mild terror","a":100}]

      100

      Quick Links