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Frequent Flying Headaches

Friday, March 07, 2014

Unclaimed bags in the foreground as travelers retrieve their luggage at New York's LaGuardia Airport on December 28, 2010. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty)

Scott Mayerowitz, airlines reporter for the Associated Press, talks about Delta's change to its "frequent flyer" program to reward money spent instead of distance traveled and United's crackdown on carry-on luggage.

Guests:

Scott Mayerowitz

Comments [10]

Henry from Manhattan

The carry-on enforcement is needed and overdue.

Once they started charging for baggage, people began bringing their massive bags on the plane and the overheads fill up quickly.

I’m fairly Spartan with my luggage and I deliberately purchased a smallish carry-on luggage and small travel backpack for my personal carry-on so it’s annoying when I’m forced to hunt around for a place to stow my gear when the bins are packed.

There will be bins with giant bags taking up two or three places that smaller carry-on would take up.

Mar. 07 2014 12:01 PM
Juljo from BKLYN

I care about costs and service. If JetBlue doesn't fly there - than I am not interested in going. If the price is too much even on Jetblue - I simply will not go.

I run to Boston every third weekend to pick up my son from his father's. I fly Jetblue when it is affordable for one round trip (for me) and 1 one-way (for my son). When Jetblue is too expensive, even if other airlines are cheaper - I chose a bus over flying other airlines because they are terrible.

Mar. 07 2014 12:00 PM
jm

I have a hard carry-on, so it will always fit in the above compartment.

I'm also fairly flexible about check-ins, unless I know the destination airport's baggage claim's area doesn't have a security presence or I'm stuck behind slowpokes and know my bag is already on the conveyor belt unattended. I hate the idea of someone running off with my luggage.

Mar. 07 2014 11:59 AM

Why can't they make standard bag sizes for carry-on?

Mar. 07 2014 11:56 AM
Marcy from NYC

I think the airlines are in cahoots with the luggage companies...the size restrictions keep getting smaller, forcing you to invest in new luggage. It's all about how much money they can squeeze out of you.

Mar. 07 2014 11:56 AM
hazy from bk

Actually, I do care about my airline. I only search and buy on jetblue. Why? Because they are awesome, LOVE, no surprise at the gate/ticketing. All the other ones are horrible so I'd rather pay $50 more...but I usually don't need to b/c Jetblue has great deals.
My mom called yesterday and said she found a United RT to FL for $50 cheaper than the JB flight I found, but I bought the JB flight anyway.

Mar. 07 2014 11:53 AM
Linda from Jersey Shore

I fly to and from Aguadilla Puerto Rico - Newark frequently. When people board that flight you would be amazed at what they try to put in the overhead bins. Last week a woman had a large sheet cake, backpack, purse and small suitcase.

Mar. 07 2014 11:51 AM
Xtina from evillage

It's about time someone cracked down on carry on abuse. Flyers bring oversize bags on, cram them into overhead storage first, and there's never enough room left for those who followed the rules. As always.

Mar. 07 2014 11:50 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

One of the most annoying things about flying is carry-on baggage. I've never seen anyone take a refrigerator but I wouldn't be surprised. Getting off the plane with everyone trying to get their bags is the worst part.

People want cheap, cheap, cheap seats and then want first class service. Flying is more like the old time bus travel than anything else.

Mar. 07 2014 11:49 AM
Sue from NY

One more example of the rich getting richer and everyone else getting bupkis.

Mar. 07 2014 11:49 AM

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