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Would You Welcome a Charge For Carry-On Bags?

Without fail, every time I'm on a plane I witness a flight attendant shoving someone's over-sized carry-on into the overhead compartment. Checked luggage charges are pretty much unavoidable (unless you fly Southwest), and passengers are trying to skip the extra fee by jamming as much stuff as possible into the biggest carry-on bags. I appreciate the fact that people are trying to save the cash, but I'll admit, the practice does get under my skin when it starts eating up everyone's loading and unloading time.

Passengers aren't going to stop bringing luggage and there's not much left for airlines to place additional fees, so there's speculation that carry-on bags will be the next target. Some passengers might welcome the charge which could create a smoother experience overall, while others would undoubtedly take offense to this type of fee.

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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i would be VERY upset if that starts to happen. i get the frustration when you're waiting even longer to depart because someone has to fit their bag, but if you're going to charge me to check a bag AND to bring one on board, well then JUST BUILD THE COST INTO MY TICKET! i don't want to know that i'm being charged for something so ridic. what am i supposed to do if i don't want to pay $15-$30 extra to bring ANY bag onto the plane. that's just nonsense. What about those of us with kids and we need to bring a carry on with formula or what have you. am i still going to get charged for that? what about a backpack that fits under the seat - does that get charged? and my laptop? that too?
expresso14 expresso14 8 years
Since I travel with my carryon - I'd fight a carryon fee. The airlines need to limit the carryons to one of a reasonable size (yes I tuck my purse in my bag) and step up their enforcement of what people are bringing on board - I've seen purses that are bigger than some duffles and computer cases that are huge (and don't get me started on wheelies).
weffie weffie 8 years
@dienliv, that's actually not a bad idea... everyone would be paying proportionally for their share of the fuel use, and the light travelers wouldn't have to share the cost of the heavy-packers' excess... pay what you weigh, i like it!
MindayH MindayH 8 years
Having Gold status has its "aadvantages" and not paying for checked bags is one of the best! But if I am not flying AA, the checked bag fees keep me in check, so now I only bring what I need. I will probably get blasted for posting this, but I am so tired of people complaining about checked bag fees! Since I try to NOT check bags if possible, I guess I see the fees as a charge for the use of the space, labor, fuel, electricity that is involved in loading, transporting and unloading bags. If I don't check bags, why should I pay for that service for everyone else?
dustyrose dustyrose 8 years
I'd agree about the comments that airlines should enforce the size restriction limits, but I disagree that someone who has carried on a larger carry-on bag is cheap and trying to avoid checked bag costs. In Canada it's easy to be within the checked bag costs, on one airlines you can get a discount for not checking bags, but even if they did charge, my reason for carrying on instead of checking would remain the same: it takes FOREVER to get your checked bag at the baggage claim. If I can, I don't check bags because it saves 30-45 minutes. By the time I pick up my luggage at the baggage claim I could be home!
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
i'm with the above posters saying that they should actually limit the size of the carry-ons. i'm sick of having to wait behind some old lady who's too cheap to check a bag struggling to put her 50 lb carry-on into the overhead. or waiting 80 years to get off of the plane because people have to find which bin their bag is in bc it had to be moved 100 times because somebody else's bag was too big and they had to keep moving other peoples' bags to have enough room for everybody. as you can tell, this is a big issue to me. i hate getting punished for stupid, selfish people who can't follow the rules.
wmoonw wmoonw 8 years
Oh, come on, all I want to do is move me and a few items of clothing to somewhere else, and all the airlines seem to want to do is make that process more and more painful. I get that the carry-on bags are a problem, but the airlines kind of brought it on themselves with their fees, and charging more fees doesn't seem like it should fix it; people will just find another way around it. Between the fees, being treated like a criminal, waiting around for hours because they like to pretend there are no delays until it's too late, and being herded around like cattle, I just don't want to do it anymore.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
The airlines should switch things up and instead of charging $200 for a ticket and charging $25 for luggage, charge $225 for a ticket and give a $25 "discount" for people who don't check bags. Everyone likes discounts more than fees.
weffie weffie 8 years
The rules should be enforced but they should also charge to dissuade people from bringing bulky carry-ons. There's no reason to have everyone's crap stuffed in the cabin with the passengers. It's hazardous in turbulence and a giant pain to wait while they try to unstuff them from the overheads so you can get the eff off the plane when you land! I was on a flight once a few years agol with people that were moving cross-country and they literally carried on a box with vases, a clock and kitchen utensils. Luckily that one went smoothly, but I know if it had been a bumpier ride I would NOT have appreciated the risk of vases and knives falling all over me.
mek123 mek123 8 years
I agree that airlines shouldn't add on any more fees just enforce the rules. I'm at LAX right now and many people have large or too many bags.
syako syako 8 years
Exactly what michlny said! All of these charges are so annoying. And I also agree with lil, they need to enforce the rules instead of tacking on another charge.
michlny michlny 8 years
I would prefer they just charge us for the tickets and stop nickel & diming us for everything. Flying was once fun, it's now a PITA!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
This is a big pet peeve of mine too! I agree that they should enforce the size limits and remind people to put their bags in vertically not horizontally so there's more room for everyone.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I don't like the idea of charging for carry-ons. However, I do think airlines should be more strict about enforcing the size restrictions on carry-on bags. I typically fly on small commuter planes, so I always take a carry-on that's well within the size limits, but wind up gate-checking it anyway, since there's so little space on the plane.
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