Will someone please stop the ride…I want to get off.
Or at least slow it down so I can read the signs.
On our last trip to southern Baja we really enjoyed getting out on the Sea of Cortez first thing in the morning when the water was like glass and you could make out the fish almost as clearly as if snorkeling…all while holding your morning cup of coffee.
When we returned home I rushed right out and bought an inflatable kayak that could be checked in as luggage for our trip back down there next spring (you can already see where this is going, can’t you).
So I was less than happy when I heard that most airlines, save maybe RyanAir, will be charging extra for that second check-in bag (now you really see where this is going, right).
Then to add even more injury to injury, I wake up this morning to hear that American Airlines is now charging for my first check-in bag.
And now you can really, really see where this is going. If it’s not bad enough already with people somehow bringing two huge carry-on bags (one supposedly is their personal bag…my, that’s a lot of personal), but just wait.
I can just see people coming down the aisle with as much carry-on luggage as they can lug, along with all manner of additional fanny bags, purses and cargo pants really carrying cargo. And while we stand there waiting for the line of people to stuff everything they own into the overhead storage bins, OVER MY SEAT, DAMN-IT, we get to watch the people in First Class, while the folks of means sit there, smiling as they chat on their cell phones while drinking a glass of wine that they have already managed to get handed to them.
And my wife wonders why I run up to the boarding line scrum and elbow my way towards the front, in the futile hope that if I’m lucky, I may find some overhead bin space for my ONE carry-on bag.
And what happens if the flight attendant has to take my bag and it becomes check-in luggage? Will they start carrying those handheld credit card readers so I can pay my $15?!?
But wait–there’s more! According to an article in the New York Times, what happens if–not that it ever does–they lose your bag.
“American does not plan to offer refunds (for the baggage surcharges) if suitcases do not arrive with the plane.”
Bitter…no, I’m not THAT bitter…why did you think that?!?
With this new policy, I guess you can’t blame the woman in Sacramento who tried to cover the extra cost of flying nowadays by attempting to transport some value-added check-in luggage.
No, I’m not talking about that 15 pounds of coffee…I’m talking about that $125,000 worth of pot IN the coffee cans.
If she was smart she would have just drug (pun intended) those two boxes (one being her personal stash, of course) onboard as carry-on, explaining she was just trying to avoid the baggage surcharges.
What a dope! (Again, pun intended.)