Insta-CoGo: Delta vs. the Bag Hogs
Okay, so everyone was bent out of shape when United and US Airways recently announced they'd start charging extra money for most economy passengers who wanted to check a second bag. Now comes this news from Delta Air Lines: On international flights, the carrier will be strictly enforcing rules about the size of your carryons.
Carryon bags on international flights aren't supposed to be bigger than 45 inches when all three dimensions are added together, and they're not allowed to weigh more than 40 pounds. Delta will enforce the rules by weighing and eyeballing or measuring them, then putting a red tag on those that meet the standards.
Too big or too heavy? Sorry, it's no carryon. You're still allowed your second small item, like a purse or laptop. The idea is to avoid running out of space in overhead compartments.
There are two ways of looking at this:
* Yeah! Finally someone is taking control of the bag hogs who slow down the boarding and deplaning process and take up all the overhead space.
* Boo! Airlines are coming at us from all sides, charging to check and getting bossy about carryons.
Are you a yeah or a boo?
By Cindy Loose |
March 6, 2008; 7:37 AM ET
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