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In Flightr Luggage Bins -- Has it improved since the 1 bag plus 1 personal item rule

 
Old Jul 13, 03, 5:12 pm
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In Flightr Luggage Bins -- Has it improved since the 1 bag plus 1 personal item rule

I have found stowing baggage in the overhead compartments much easier in the last year since the 1 bag plus 1 personal item rule went into effect.

The only a/c that has no provision for rollerbags is the Mesaba SAAB's and pinnacle CJ's.

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Old Jul 13, 03, 5:35 pm
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Has it improved? No.
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Old Jul 13, 03, 10:10 pm
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I dunno.. Leisure flyers still don't get it. It irks me when people don't gate check strollers/large musical instruments...
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Old Jul 13, 03, 10:43 pm
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I'm sure NW has an "excess valuation" that people can buy at the ticket counter. Strollers I agree with. Musical instruments on the other hand, is another issue. Most folks that "have" to carry on board they're $6000 violin buy it a seat, same with Cellos. It really is that particular person's bread-winner. I could be a little biased since i'm a trombone player, and would NEVER check my baby through, even with excess valuation insurance. Heat can do wonders to wooden instruments in particular, not to mention getting to your destination to find that rain penetrated your bag.


<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by aaronma:
I dunno.. Leisure flyers still don't get it. It irks me when people don't gate check strollers/large musical instruments...</font>
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Old Jul 13, 03, 11:03 pm
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I was on a flight in the 80's from JFK to LHR on PAN AM and the SFO Symphony had taken this flight (it was SFO/JFK/LHR) and there were about 80 seats with instruments belted in.

To get back to the original topic: How are people finding the overhead bin capacity?

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Old Jul 13, 03, 11:14 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by crimguy1976:
I'm sure NW has an "excess valuation" that people can buy at the ticket counter. Strollers I agree with. Musical instruments on the other hand, is another issue. Most folks that "have" to carry on board they're $6000 violin buy it a seat, same with Cellos. It really is that particular person's bread-winner. I could be a little biased since i'm a trombone player, and would NEVER check my baby through, even with excess valuation insurance. Heat can do wonders to [i]wooden[/] instruments in particular, not to mention getting to your destination to find that rain penetrated your bag.
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A wooden sackbut? You must get a lot of slivers greasing your slide...

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Old Jul 14, 03, 12:44 am
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hahahhaha...I guess I neglected to proceed that with wooden violins/clarinets/cellos, et al. I was performing outside once when the slide flew off into some sand. What a nightmare. On the topic of overhead space, I think that the rules are being followed rather well. On the other hand, how garment bags are still getting thru is beyond me!! No complaints from me, even when i've arrived after pre-boarding. At any rate, I would definately not include musical instruments in the same category as strollers!!


<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Fredd:
A wooden sackbut? You must get a lot of slivers greasing your slide...

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Old Jul 14, 03, 12:44 am
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Although the 1+1 in many instances was just a refinement of the status quo, I've seen a slight bit of improvement.

This is important for me (as is Elite preboarding) because I travel with $30k+ noncheckable camera/electronics gear carefully stowed in a camera backpack that usually goes up and a laptop/camera attache that goes under the seat. I did have some gear stolen at ORD last year so I am pretty cautious about leaving it out of my sight and reach.

Still there are:
1. Too many bin hogs who try to stuff Godzilla rollerboards in the bin or else on a full flight can't be bothered with putting small stuff under the seat so that someone else can use the bin.
2. Blankets and pillows inconveniently stowed in the bins above bulkhead seats. They usually wind up being removed and relocated, a factor which can delay boarding.

I am sympathetic about musical instruments because I understand the difficulty with checking them (especially since I've seen NW people throw and slam checked bags on many occasions). I'm a little less so with strollers, some of which are huge these days, although most are gate checked.

I also see a lot more courtesy and efficiency with TSA screeners at most airports. Plus, at MKE, there's a ticket counter supervisor -- an Asian woman whose name escapes me -- who is simply fantastic about getting boarding passes out of the automated kiosks, checked luggage tagged and ready for TSA inspection and sometimes even helps run interference with the carryon screening. She provides Proactive customer service with a capital P, something rapidly becoming extinct at most airlines. I only wish all of NW's staff here was as efficient and helpful.

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Old Jul 14, 03, 8:13 am
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I have also noticed a definite improvement in available overhead space. Even in first class, which used to be always jammed full.

I don't know the new rule is the reason or not, but on most flights, there is more room.

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Old Jul 14, 03, 10:52 am
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Might also be related to less business travelers that are flying these days. Many of these road warriors had to carry a multiple days worth of "stuff" with them. Less of these travelers means less stuff in the overhead.

And, I think the constant hassle at the checkpoint has but lots more out. Many are either doing without stuff or checking it.
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