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The impossible is possible. At least that's the lesson we've learned today, after the notoriously miserly European low-cost carrier Ryanair announced it would ease its policies on carry-on luggage.
Specifically, Ryanair will now allow its flyers to carry on 10 kg of hand luggage plus a second carry-on piece measuring no more than 35x20x20cm (14"x8"x8"). While that is still a relatively small allowance, at least it's free.
Additionally, Ryanair is reducing their "punishment" fee for passengers who do not print their boarding passes at home. Now, instead of €70/$95 each, the fee for printing a pass at the airport will be a far more reasonable €15/$20.
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Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K.
This Week: The 5 Things Everyone Should Do Before Checking Luggage
'Tis the season for having to travel to places you don't really want to be, to spend time with people you don't really like, over days and weeks that are absolutely miserable to be a traveler. Millions and millions of Americans will drive and fly to colder places across America so that they can have awkward family dinners, and do those things on days with overflowing airports and highways. Happy holidays everybody!
The only thing that makes traveling around Thanksgiving and Christmas more miserable is having to drag around huge luggage and shove it into overheads. The travel advertising kids working for Holiday Inn realized as much, and so Holiday Inn Express hired Dave Hax - he of the famous lifehacking YouTube channel by the same name - to show customers how to pack efficiently. The hotel chain even gave him a name: Efficiency Engineer.
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Moving right along. Outlier has a new travel bag that they're calling the Doublebag: "two bags in one, a clean side and a dirty side." As you make your way through a trip, you take clothes out of the clean side, wear them, and put them back in the dirty side. Inside there's a divider that adjusts accordingly. The bag is fairly large, measuring 15" x 29" for a full 1600 cubic inches of capacity (which we tell you as if you can visualize what 1600 cubic inches of capacity actually means). You can have it in any color you want, as long as that color is gray.
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We’ve seen a few different versions and variants on the electronic luggage tags this year, as carriers like British Airways and Qantas have been testing, trying, and taking things to the next level. Now it’s time for another option from which to choose, one that we may see in the near future if it can find an airline to take it on.
The folks over at Vanguard ID have introduced what they’re calling the world's first battery free permanent RFID luggage tag, and even better is that this sucker has a changeable display. The ViewTag also features near-field communication, which allows information to be beamed right over to your cell phone. This means you will be able to track the bag's progress as it makes its way through the twists and turns of the checked baggage system.
This month features a step forward for British Airways and their latest idea, as the carrier is starting to test out their new electronic baggage tags. We’ve mentioned these before, as British Airways tries to streamline the process just like their buddies over at Qantas (they have those handy dandy Q-Tags).
The British Airways recipe is a little bit different, but the theme kind of remains the same. Instead of utilizing paper baggage tags, now passengers get an electronic tag that contains a little screen that can be changed up depending on where they’re heading. Think of it as a really small e-reader—complete with e-ink—that can display different barcodes and different destinations. Let’s just hope hackers—or friends pulling pranks—can’t get into these suckers, as a quick change of the letters might just send your bag on vacation without you.
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At this point there’s a whole bunch of carriers that have realized that dragging bags to—and through—the airport is a bummer. That’s why they’ve teamed up with baggage delivery services to get the heavy lifting done and over with. Of course there’s a fee associated with the convenience, but in the right situation it just might be worth it.
It looks like JetBlue is the latest carrier to offer delivery service for checked baggage. They have joined forces with Bags VIP, and the service will be offered up at pretty much and all domestic airports as well as spots in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
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There’s some good news this week for those who love to over pack and feel the need to lug along one of those baggage scales. Officials just did a sweep of luggage scales in and around the airports in New York City, and it looks like the scores are worthy of hanging on the refrigerator.
The city’s Department of Consumer Affairs has been driving around checking things out, and they’ve found that 96 percent of scales are accurate. They didn’t just check one or two either, as they claim they checked out each and every scale at both JFK and LaGuardia airports.
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Self-service baggage tagging is far from breaking newswe told you about Alaskan Airlines leading the charge last yearbut the TSA has just granted the privilege to its first international carrier, British Airways.
The airline has chosen Las Vegas-McCarren International Airport (of all places) as "the first airport in the US to conduct its trial." Self tagging your bags is a breeze, but we do find a bit of humor in Sin City being selected as the pilot location. We guess BA figures that if the blurry-eyed tourists leaving Las Vegas can figure out the procedure, the rest of the nation shouldn't have much a problem.
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We didn't think it possible, but Paris Hilton has overpacked for a trip...and admitted it!
Earlier today, Paris Instagrammed a photo of her luggage for her DJ gig on the Spanish party island of Ibiza, captioning it thus: "Unpacking all my luggage. This is brutal. I'm never packing this much again."
Pictured are at least 10 rolling suitcases of checked baggage size, plus two cases and a few smaller items here and there. Heaven help whoever is paying her extra baggage fees, unless of course the club is just sending a private jet with a cargo compartment large enough. At press time, the image had amassed approximately 16,000 "likes."
[Photo: @parishilton on Instagram]
With all of the flashy new airplanes that British Airways are taking all over the world, a spike in passenger traffic is imminent. More passengers means more checked baggage, which adds the operating costs of flying said passengers here and there. Coming up with tech-friendly, cost-saving service improvements means fun new things, like e-ink bag tags that you might see on your next BA flight.
This month the airline is trialing the new bag tag for flyers that choose to check-in for their flight via the airline's own smartphone application. Using technology called NFC, or near-field communication, passengers will 'scan' the plastic tag at the airport counter. After the scan, flight details and a barcode will appear on the tag's LCD screen, sporting a very similar look to their super-tough paper cousins. Once all is confirmed correct, wave goodbye to the luggage since it'll be on its way to your final destination.
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Over at Airbus headquarters they’re usually hard at work designing things like airplanes—and um—more airplanes. Well we guess that’s not necessarily the only thing they have time for, as the aircraft manufacturer is also working on some other innovative travel ideas. Specifically, they're pondering ways to improve the checked baggage experience, and they've just revealed the first hint of some kind of smart bag.
The new suitcase comes complete with its very own iPhone app, and there’s a way to track your bag no matter where it decides to go. That includes when your bag goes on a little bit of a side trip away from your intended location. The new idea—for now known as "Bag2Go"—was cooked up with a couple of other organizations including T-Mobile and Rimowa—the latter a famous German luggage producer.