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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Flight Report: Zip It... Check It... Get Off Fast...

To those of you who may have been in Terminal B, Gate 21 at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Thursday morning, I’d like to apologize for standing there, publicly presenting myself in an unzipped fashion. For some reason, my jeans have this situation where they can magically unzip themselves. And thanks to the lady who, while simultaneously talking on her cell phone, gave me that unmistakable non-verbal that says, “You, sir, are extremely creepy, and standing there with your zipper fully lowered will not get you any action, especially with your wife and kids standing next to you.” Thank you for that – I got the message loud and clear!

But my Faux Pas is not what this is about. Have you noticed that the airlines have started charging you for having more than one checked bag? It used to be that you could check two bags and take a carry-on with no problem. Now, they want you to pay $25.00 for a second bag. No problem, I’ll leave my couch at home.

But as if the carry-on bag situation was not obnoxious enough already, this new rule has made otherwise honest, rule-abiding travelers push the envelope of good air-travel taste. We had just such a case on our flight to Tampa.

This was an overbooked, totally packed flight with no room for shenanigans. As luck would have it, we were in the back of the bus, so to speak, and in such cases, after arrival, you may as well sit there and read a book while people figure out how to un-ass the plane they boarded only 90 minutes earlier. This process is only exasperated when people can’t readily locate and remove their carry-on items and get off the plane. And heaven knows you have plenty of time to think about it.

So meet the remaining members of ABBA.

These people didn’t want their precious instruments to mingle with common checked luggage, so they carried-on a small orchestra along with several wardrobe changes. Oh, and then they proceeded to place said items throughout the cabin, not just above or forward of their assigned seats.

Oh, then they forgot where they put everything. Yea. Instead of just sitting down and waiting for the remain five rows to exit the plane, they attempted to swim upstream searching through random overhead bins for lost guitars and such. Pure comedy.

Hope they have a nice concert.


Albatross said...

Hee hee. You made an ABBA reference!

Who's next? Bread?

Anonymous said...

Eva says...

I can't believe you put me on zipper check patrol 4 the rest of our trip.. how creepy....

M2 said...

Howdy Dave!

Oddly enough, I am sitting in Newark Airport typing this on their Wi-Fi, on my way back home from Germany. You can still check-in two bags on overseas flights, but people are still carrying way too much and trying to stuff it in the overhead bins. I honestly fear the weight will cause the bin to open during take-off and the contents come crashing down on top of me!

And if you are even a pound over the 50lb limit per bag, it is $80. Luckily, I carry a spare duffle in my luggage for my dirty laundry and any stuff I may buy when I travel, so I just grabbed it and transferred a few items over. Viola, no overweight charge!

Cheers! M2

sawyatts said...

I HATE it when the people in the back of the plane just "drop their stuff off" in the overhead bins in the front...GRRRRRR. The airlines have gotten so strict with everything else, why can't they patrol ABBA closer?

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