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Practice your sticker skills before heading off to the airport, as one of the country’s largest carriers is going the DIY route when it comes to baggage tagging.
United Airlines just started offering self-service bag tagging over at Chicago-O’Hare in an effort to speed up the check-in process at the airport. The airline’s angle is that it provides more options for customers looking to do things for themselves, and it will free up agents to help out those flyers that have questions or need a little more assistance.
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We’ve all been there, and it’s not a fun time. The baggage carrousel goes around and around, and pretty soon you realize that your bag is delayed, missing, or something worse. Apparently this kind of situation is more of a problem over in Europe, as a new report indicates when it comes to baggage delays and mistakes things are worse there than they are here.
Things are actually three times worse in Europe when compared to the situation in the nifty fifty. According to the folks over at Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques—or just SITA to their friends—airlines over in Europe kind of screwed things up with around nine bags for every 1,000 passengers or so last year. Numbers in the United States were just over three bags per thousand travelers, and not surprisingly those awesome airports in Asia did the best—just under two bags per thousand flyers.
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Now and then we have shared some praise for the planes and people over at Porter Airlines, but today we’ve got a little bit of bad news. Plenty of the in-flight freebies and customer service are still there, but it looks like bringing that bag along is going to cost you—and it’s a first for carriers up in Canada.
Baggage fees have crossed the border, and Porter Airlines is the first carrier to start implementing them on routes within Canada. Domestic travelers will have to shell out $25 for the right to check their first bag, but fortunately it does look like carry-on bags will continue to be complimentary.
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With each new season comes new questions about what passengers can and cannot take onboard a plane. Thus, we'll be addressing some of the most popular requests with a series called, "Got Baggage."
With winter's grip firmly squeezing a majority of the US, there's no doubt that many are dreaming of a vacation where they can wiggle their toes in the sand and frolic in the warm waters of a tropical location. If catching a few waves is on your list of things to do while traveling, here's the lowdown on how to pack your board to ensure some fun in the sun.
Most major airlines specifically name surfboards as sporting equipment that are governed by special rules that often come with special fees. American and Delta charge an extra $150, where United and Hawaiian Airlines both ask $100 for each surfboard. For United's long-haul flights, the fee doubles to $200 (uhhh). On a better note, the smaller boards (boogie and the like) are considered a regular piece of luggage on these four airlines.
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Delta is doing something new when it comes to how they handle the whole baggage carrousel thing, as they want to ensure that you go home with the same bag that you brought to the airport.
We guess there must be a baggage theft problem—or other issue—over in Las Vegas, as that’s where Delta is in the middle of a two-month pilot program aimed at cracking down on stolen baggage.
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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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It’s been a little bit of time since we heard any news regarding checked bagged fees, which is good thing really. Alas, Alaska Airlines is in the news this week to disrupt the brief peace, as the carrier recently announced that they’re raising fees. Thankfully nothing is too crazy or out of line, but that’s assuming that you’ve already rolled over and accepted the whole paying for your luggage thing.
For tickets booked after October 30, most baggage fees are going up by $5. The first and second checked bags fees will rise to $25 per bag from $20, but after that things get a little pricier. Bag number three will cost you $75 and that will also be the case for bag number four. We’re just hoping that you’re able to cram everything into bags one and two before you get to those more expensive checked baggage options.
With Independence Day arriving next week, this weekend will be prime time for purchasing fireworks to celebrate July 4. Because every state decides its own fireworks policywith some banning the sale of fireworks entirelythere's often an increase in road trips with the express purpose of loading up the back of a pick-up with those red, white, and blue boxes of sparkle power.
In case you were hoping to do some firework shopping and then fly home, the TSA issued their annual "no fireworks allowed" warning on the official TSA blog. Wondering what exactly is banned? Here's a list:
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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.
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We’re not quite ready to start handing out a Jaunty award just yet, but it does look like do-it-yourself bag tagging is becoming a travel trend. We’ve seen carriers like Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines test things out in the past, and now it looks like American Airlines is expanding their offerings as well.
The last we checked they were trying things out in Austin, and now it looks like they’re on the move to one of their hubs—this time it’s Miami. In theory this should save you some time, and you might even be able to skip a longer line in favor of a shorter one.