CARRY-ONS (no room on the plane)

Jul 31st, 2008, 04:36 PM
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Im a FA for AA and can tell you, I have not had to check a bag for my passengers since the bag fees have been in place (I don't agree with the bag fees by the way).

A few years ago AA spent a great deal of money making the bins deeper for rollaboard suitcases. If placed in correctly you can get at least 4 bags in a bin.

Ive noticed that even on full flights, we have bin space left

Just my 2 cents....

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Jul 31st, 2008, 05:27 PM
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Laura, I'm a little confused. Don't most of those bins extend over two rows -- meaning six seats but only 4 suitcases? And that doesn't count the coats, laptops, and giant purses, not to mention all the pillow,blankets, and other stuff that's already in a lot of them.

You obviously haven't been working the flights I've been on. They've been struggling to help people find places. One gal held up our last flight because there was no space for her carryon within at least 5 or 6 rows. She was refusing to let them take her carryon out of her sight, and wanted them to remove someone else's stuff.
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Jul 31st, 2008, 06:09 PM
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She was refusing to let them take her carryon out of her sight, and wanted them to remove someone else's stuff.

Too bad they didn't just remove HER.
Jul 31st, 2008, 06:23 PM
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There were a lot of passengers suggesting that! Especially since everyone was already seated before she finally boarded and then acted like she owned the plane. She stood in the aisle and made a huge scene although the were trying to make final preparations for take off.
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Jul 31st, 2008, 08:36 PM
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Laura, I sure hope you're the FA on our October AA flight!
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Aug 1st, 2008, 10:58 AM
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Thank you too for the heads up on the size of that carry on bag as per US AIRWAYS, Amy.
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Aug 1st, 2008, 11:08 AM
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I actually have seen someone escorted off the plane for causing a scene for the same reasons. And that was before the baggage fees...
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Aug 1st, 2008, 11:16 AM
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I do not know for sure either way but perhaps travelers, in general, do not have as much of an issue with the fact they have to pay a fee for a checked bag and no fee for a gated bag.

I think that the reality that their bag could be misplaced or lost (and we have almost all experienced this at one time or another), or also that on carry-ons we have things that we might need while in flight.
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Aug 2nd, 2008, 03:42 PM
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We were on a US Airways flight where the stewardess took our 1 carry on item that was stowed overhead and removed it to let a crew pilot who was "deadheading" put his carry on bag in its place. Moreover, she did it quietly, trying not to let us see what she was doing. She was walking to the front of the plane with it when I realized it was our luggage and objected. We would not even have known where our luggage was when we landed. Moreover, the "deadheading" pilot loudly told me that if I objected I "could rent my own plane." We already had paid $30 to US Airways for our two pieces of luggage to be checked aboard at the counter. It seems that US Airways management does not value their passengers. Just keeps charging us!!!They seem to allow their crew to use up the overhead space, and do not care that passengers are inconvenienced. US Airways should fire that off-duty pilot and reprimand the sneaky stewardess.

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Aug 2nd, 2008, 04:41 PM
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marilynl, I heartily agree--why is Austin's suitcase more deserving of opverhead bin space than my wool coat?

The very easy rule for EVERYONE and ALL airlines to follow would be...
each pax is allowed one carryon and one personal item. The carryon MUST be able to fit under the seat in front of you, and the personal item MUST be able to fit there ALSO. This would ensure that all of us would need to be responsible for our own bags, especially if there was a chance that we might have to have them fit under that seat in front of us.

In addition, after the 1st class pax boarded, FA's should prevent people from stowing bags in the bins that are in front of their seats! Depending on how the planes are boarded, this shouldn't be too difficult...

This whole carryon thing is out of hands. I check my bag as a courtesy to my fellow passengers. Others should be doing the same.
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Aug 2nd, 2008, 04:48 PM
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We flew a CRJ recently and about 20 passengers carried their bags and gate-checked them. The overhead bins are very small and most were aware of that. I was carrying booster seats for kids and they wouldn't fit b/c it was too narrow. (they've easily fit on other planes and I don't like to check them b/c we're hosed if they don't come).

So I had to walk back out and gate check them - there is a different color tag so the people know that they are for gate check.

When we got out to the checked bags, there were very few around the carousel - most had gate checked.

I felt bad for the skycap b/c they are losing their income. They will soon be gone.

I hate hate hate to check bags:
1) they get lost (yes, it has happened to me. it wasn't fun).
2) I hate waiting for them.
3) I've been bumped and gotten free tickets which we couldn't have done if checked bags.
4) fun for an earlier flight (connection wouldn't have been 'legal' but we got in early). Bag wouldn't have made it.

We have perfected the act of traveling light. We took 3 small duffels for 5 people for a week of vacation. Plus each had a 'personal' item (small backpacks for kids, pc bags/purse for adults). soooooooo much easier.

Contrast this to my sil... she takes 2-3 outfits for each day. Her large suitcase (one of two she takes) would be large enough for our whole family. One of many reasons we don't travel together.
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Aug 2nd, 2008, 04:49 PM
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ooops. that would be Run for an earlier flight.
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Aug 3rd, 2008, 07:09 PM
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Yes, you are confused, pillows and blankets? Where?

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Aug 3rd, 2008, 07:21 PM
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Well every time we get on an AA plane we have to take our two blankets and two pillows and stuff them into one of those overhead bins. Lots of other people seem to be doing the same. I don't need a pillow or a blanket to fly from Miami to New York, for example. Of course I realize if it were an overnight flight, there wouldn't be any pillows or blankets to be found!
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Aug 3rd, 2008, 07:41 PM
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I have not checked a bag since the 3 oz rule...there was just too much luggage being checked. Depending on where we are going, I either FedEx our luggage to our destination or just FedEx a box of our full size liquids so we can do carry on's only.
When purchasing your luggage you should bring a tape measure and make sure it falls within the guidelines. It is wise to invest in quality luggage, it makes all the difference in the world.
I think a lot of the problem is that people think that because their luggage is smaller and has wheels on it they think it is a carry on. There are specific size guidelines posted on every airline's website. You must measure your luggage after it is packed. Most people do not know how to fit their carry ons in the overhead either. They put their luggage in the long way, which takes up twice as much room. The luggage should go in wheels first with the handle facing out. The FA's have to go thru all the overheads and fix all the bags. If placed properly there is more than enough room for everyone to bring a carry on in the overhead and the smaller bag under the seat.
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Aug 3rd, 2008, 09:17 PM
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Whether the bags will fit wheels first is completely dependent on the configuration of the particular plane's overhead bins. It is a gross overstatement to say that all bags should be put in that way, and if they were, all bags would fit. Some will, some won't, even if they are the right "size".

And what has the quality of the luggage got to do with it?
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