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  1. Iolaire McFadden
    Iolaire McFadden at |

    One reason to carry on bags is so that they will not get lost or stolen, this would not solve that issue…

  2. Good service
    Good service at |

    US airlines for bag fees backwards; carry-on should have a fee (more expensive for the airline as it needs longer turnarounds, more valuable to customers due unwillingness to separate from bags and faster to meetings upon arrival) while bags in the hold should be free.

    What a disastrous experiment charging for first checked bag has been!

  3. Better By Design
    Better By Design at |

    People keep bringing up that the airlines NEED to charge for checked baggage because of the costs associated with it.

    Basic question that I don’t have an answer for, and I’m guessing you can help with –

    How do the airlines get billed for luggage services?

    Obviously if it’s a hub, they’ll have all the costs internalized (staffing, equipment, etc), and will have a good handle on that (we hope).

    But outside those airports, I’m assuming they contract with local airside service vendors… do they typically charge per piece, per flight, per year… ?

    Where I’m going, obviously, is that checked baggage fees are *likely* a straight money-grab, rather than a cost-to-serve argument, right?

    Any predictions of when DL will charge for valet? Or use it as a way of enforcing carry-on limits? Or when the first of the US “Big 3” will begin to charge for carry-on?