So do you have baggage?

huge purseOf course you do. We all do!  But Westjet is going to be on the look out for you!  New carry on policies mean that you can’t bring the kitchen sink with you and then expect to squash it all in the overhead bin and around your neighbour’s feet.  Well I think it’s a good thing.  The old policy permitted two items of carry on as well as one personal item.  Holy Moley ….. No wonder it takes us so long to get off the ground these days.  But now do you think they will get picky about what constitutes a personal item?

OK – so you’ve got your carry on bag.  And you have your purse – or man bag or whatever.  So that’s it – right?  What about your neck pillow.  If you latch that onto your carry on then I guess that constitutes one item.  But will it fit in the “sizing device”  (I would love to know who decided to use that terminology).  What happens if your neck doesn’t fit in the “sizing device”.  Will you leave that behind?  And what about your coat?  Does that count as an extra personal item – so carry on and coat – that’s it.  So do you leave the man bag behind?  You see my dilemma.
sizing device

So I guess the answer is that you buy one of those huge purses that are no particular shape – sort of looks like a deflated balloon.  You can fill that up to weigh 22 lbs.  That’s one helluva purse, people!  And then when it comes to putting it into the “sizing device” you sort of squash and squeeze it in there until it fits.  Kind of like putting on spanx.  Yeah, that’ll do it.  I think I have this problem under control (pardon the pun).


By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.


  1. I was smart – I ditched the extra carry on bag for both Anne and myself on a flight via “Tronna” to Miami recently – and then ended up paying almost $120.00 extra because I had to pay for each checked bag. (Even though no individual bag was overweight?! Nothing “for free” anymore!) Even tried to use e-upgrades for business class – never try that by the way with two travelling together as there is never more than one available seat – and so much as you desire to move up – you cannot afford the following divorce… (I of course did the honourable thing and offered the upgrade to my wife who then wondered why I was trying to get rid of her for the flight by making her sit next to someone she did not know and would not in fact want to know…)


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