October 30, 2010 |
Question: Why don't the airlines ? at least the U.S. carriers, if not all airlines ? get together and standardize their policies for the size of carry-on items? This would make a traveler's life much easier. And why isn't enforcement given to the Transportation Security Administration staff who check everyone and their baggage anyway? Daniel Fink, Beverly Hills Answer: When he ran the Commerce Department in the 1920s, Secretary Herbert Hoover was a big advocate of standardized sizes.
December 21, 1997
The airlines are considering limiting the number of carry-on bags. On a recent trip, my husband and I each had one carry-on, and as we were boarding the plane we were told we had to check one of the bags through to our destination, even though it contained medication, as the flight was full. We checked the bag through and, as we waited for takeoff, saw many passengers with several large bags from the duty-free shops, stashing them in the overhead bins. I feel that these souvenirs and bottles of liquor should be packed and transported as baggage.
November 3, 2002
Regarding "Careful Planning and Little Comforts Can Help Smooth the Way for Seniors" (Sept. 15): Having a younger companion is a lovely idea, as it would take care of a huge problem most seniors have when traveling -- carrying luggage. Millions of us seniors who try to keep traveling as we get older find we have more and more handicaps that hamper our mobility and strength. Travel is no longer possible for me because I am a 91-year-old who cannot move a filled suitcase. I have only my memories of the 61 countries I managed to visit, despite hardships that included flights of stairs at train stations where luggage with wheels was of no use; long stations where I had to drag my luggage for a quarter of a mile or longer, with no available luggage carts; airlines that charged extra to provide oxygen in flight while not allowing me to carry my own; not being able to lift luggage into the overhead bins.
August 23, 2009 |
Question: We have always checked our bags, but now that there are fees, we are considering using carry-ons. Do airlines really believe that older travelers can hoist their bags into the overhead bins? And now that the bins fill up so quickly, what happens to bags that don't fit? Do they go with checked luggage, and is the passenger charged for this? Bob and Madeleine Spear Mission Viejo Answer: I think the late comedian George Carlin had the right idea on taking "stuff": "Sometimes you go on vacation and you gotta bring some of your stuff with you. You can't bring all your stuff.
November 9, 2008
The "On the Spot" column ("Herd Mentality," Nov. 2) asked why airlines don't use more than one door to board passengers. Good question. But what has always perplexed me is why almost all the airlines board planes from front to back rows. This virtually guarantees it's going to take longer to load a plane as people in rows up front who are trying to find seats, stow bags, etc., are bumped and crawled over by passengers trying to get to seats in back rows. It's all so unnecessary. Why don't they board from back to front and avoid all the hassle?
April 15, 2012 |
Although many signs point to a strengthening U.S. economy, the overwhelming sentiment in the business travel world remains doing more with less. That attitude came across in a recent study that found many business travelers are staying a few extra nights to handle more business instead of making multiple trips. Partly as a result, the estimated total number of trips in the U.S. has dropped 22% over the last decade, but overall spending on business travel has increased 3.3%, according to a study released last week by the global Business Travel Assn., a Virginia-based trade group.