Old Feb 4, 12, 11:24 am
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Why do people keep focusing on the 'Kettles' and the 'Y' pax and the baggage fees?

Some of the worst abusers are elite pax and FC pax (not to mention the occasional FAs who take up an entire FC bin).

Elite pax aren't carrying everything on to avoid baggage fees - they don't pay them either way.

I carry-on because I don't want to spend huge amounts of time waiting for checked bags and because I can't secure my bag (lock). AS has tried to address the first problem by guaranteeing 20-minute baggage delivery - if it takes longer, you receive compensation on the spot. That's a step in the right direction, although it still leaves the second problem - security of checked luggage.
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