Looking To Be A Trailblazer, Don’t Do It This Way

Looking To Be A Trailblazer, Don’t Do It This Way

Here are some things a road warrior holds sacred; sleep, power outlets and overhead bin space.

Remember there’s two types of luggage, carry-on and lost. I figure that I’ve added 8 or 9 months to my life by not waiting for that aluminum conveyor belt in baggage claim to deliver my luggage.

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Check this out; yesterday United Airlines updated its baggage policy for “Basic Economy tickets

Baggage policies
You’re allowed to bring a small personal item on board, such as a shoulder bag, backpack, laptop bag or other small item that is 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm) or less. Full-size carry-on bags are not allowed unless you’re a Premier member, a primary card member of a qualifying MileagePlus credit card, or a Star Alliance Gold member. Basic Economy fares have the same checked baggage policies as regular Economy tickets. LINK

Hell, even People.com took a break from the Kardashian’s to write about this. I’m not sure how the meeting that came up with this new policy went, but I can almost guarantee that the phrase “We’ll be an industry trailblazer!” was uttered when they decided to put this policy in place.

Now I’ve never flown United and after seeing this, it’s doubtful that I ever will, and here’s why. First I carry a corporate credit card, so the chance of me taking on my own airline branded credit card is unlikely, especially in order to get free overhead bin space. Secondly, as someone that fills out a weekly expense report the thought of adding an additional receipt to my report for checked baggage is less than appealing.

Luggage

 

Look at the picture above, notice anything? See the luggage on the ironing board; never place your luggage on the bed, because if bedbugs are around you possibly just exposed your luggage to them. Nothing like bringing a Petri-dish full of creepy crawlers back home. Notice the color of my luggage, I try to avoid black luggage, the reason is that everyone has black luggage, too easy for some mallet-head to grab mine thinking it’s theirs.

This week I’m in Duluth, GA, Monday thru Friday, and 5 days’ worth of business clothes, an extra pair of shoes, a DOP kit, workout gear as well some extra casual shirts are in that luggage. While I’ve never measured my luggage, I feel confident in telling you that it exceeds United’s 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches new overhead bin policy.

Years ago, airlines began charging for checked baggage, while carry-on was free, and the reason cited was, “Because of the additional weight“. Again, there was a meeting where collectively the decision was made that “somehow” checked baggage weighed more than carry on.

This has disaster written all over it. How to you enforce it? What happens when someone tries to board with oversized luggage that’s not a Star Alliance member? Will it take longer to get your luggage at baggage claim with all these additional checked pieces of luggage?

There you have it, the luggage news of the week.

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