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Re: airplane baggage

Doesn't it piss you off when you get charged overage on your bags, 
but the 600 pound gorrilla in front of you pays the same for his seat 
as you??

>At 5:12 PM +0200 4/22/06, Rainer Thelonius Balthasar Straschill wrote:
>>  > Is this TRUE?? WTF?? What not in the cargo? Blimey, we used
>>>  to go on tour with basses and guitars and racks and just pay
>>>  a little excess baggage.. SO for me to play at a LoopStock on
>>>  the west coast I would bring what? an edp and a Banjo??/
>>As I have flown hundreds of upper-class limousines to another continent, 
>>say no, it's not true. But for playing Y2K6, I'll bring a laptop, a
>>faderbox, an audio/MIDI interface and a foot controller and hope that
>>someone has a keyboard and a string instrument to spare ;)
>Yeah, it would probably be best to err on the side of caution.  The 
>airlines have evidently decided very recently that charging for 
>overweight and excess baggage can be a new revenue stream for them. 
>And they've all pretty much fallen lockstep into the same pattern at 
>pretty much the same time too, from what I've just seen.
>Our whole family flew across the country out to Seattle last month. 
>We figured it would be easier all around to have one larger bag for 
>three people, rather than lots of smaller ones.  Our one large bag 
>weighed in at ~65 pounds, and we got charged a fee at the airport 
>for that single bag being overweight.  This was despite the fact 
>that we could have been within our rights to take along three bags 
>apiece, each weighing 50 pounds.  That would have been a total of 
>450 pounds in luggage.  It looked like several people were getting 
>hit with this, though, and no amount of arguing could get the 
>airline to waive the fee, either.
>We flew Southwest (urgh!) this time, but a quick survey of the other 
>airlines showed that they all seemed to be implementing similar 
>charges as of March.
>Oh, and in case you didn't catch it above, it looks like the max bag 
>weight has now been lowered from 70 to 50 pounds per bag.  Another 
>hidden charge with which air carriers can gouge their customers, so 
>watch the weight on those racks.  :P
>       --m.
>"Snakes, as the great philosophers used to say, on a motherfucking