Recently I was flying to Milwaukee out of Toronto’s Air Canada terminal 1. I arrived the prescribed hours ahead with one suitcase to check. piece o’cake, right? not so…the normally short line to check baggage snaked around one corner, and completely down the next hallway. As people arrived to join the line, they were shaking their heads in disbelief. Moving slowly, people were pulled out of line by irate stewardesses insuring no one missed their flight. Standing in line for over 1 1/2 hours just to drop off one bag, I became fearful that I would miss my flight and vowed to only have carry on luggage for my next trip.
Since that trip, I have been looking into buying the correctly sized case for carry on. It should be a simple task, but no. Each airline has their own measurements for what is acceptable, and the difference in the measurements is astounding. There are stories of extra fees being charged for over sized carry on and some just being outright rejected. Do I buy a bag appropriate for each airline – uh, I don’t think so, or just check my bag in and arrive even earlier.
A recent article in the Globe and Mail discussed the problems with more people carrying their luggage onto flights. Not enough space is available in the overhead compartments, so the line within the plane itself is getting backed up while passengers find space, delaying more flights.
I think that it is up to the airlines to regulate carry on luggage sizes, make them universal and strictly enforce the regulations.
I am leaving for England in two weeks – am I carrying on my luggage? Undecided. would love to hear your thoughts and how you travel.
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