Well I have had some fun with this in the past on this blog – people trying to take oversized bags as carry on which is a great inconvenience to fellow passengers. This weekend stories in the media abound about the chaos at airports caused by passengers trying to take as much as possible as carry on, possibly wanting to avoid the checked bag fees. This has caused delayed flights, lost luggage and other headaches for many travellers.
The problem is airlines do not have enough staff to check every piece of carry on luggage so this is left to the passenger to self check – which obviously nobody is going to do. It’s really just human nature. We will continue to push the boundaries and see how much we can get away with before we will actually follow the rules. Even Saturday Night Live has had fun with this one.
Has the checked baggage fee been worth it for the airlines? One wonders. They have gone to extreme lengths to increase their profits. Air Canada has recently cut commissions to travel agents down to ZIP and yet recently announced that they have had one of their most profitable years! Mmmm – so poor travel agents make no money on flights and poor passengers pay for checked baggage and poor ticket agents get abuse over late flights. Makes for happy times for sure!