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"That was a close call!"
You've probably felt that way when getting your just-passably-sized carry-on past gate agents. But this week we all breathed a collective sigh of relief about size standards for carry-on bags. There had been some recent discussion about changing things up; well, there was nothing literally up about it. In fact, it was a call to shrink things down into a smaller size. We (and we don't think we're alone in this) already tend to push the limits with what will fit in the gate area's baggage sizer — so we’re breathing a sigh of relief.
Because, while The New York Times goes into more detail, basically the International Air Transport Association has backpedaled on previous suggestions that the size of carry-on luggage should be reduced. (By about 20%!)
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Now there’s a way to carry your love for JetBlue with you all day long, as USA Today reports that the carrier recently donated a whole bunch of old uniforms, fabrics, and other leftovers in hopes of helping the textiles finding a second life. Thankfully the folks over at the Manhattan Portage were up for the challenge, and they have been busy upcycling things into all kinds of new goodies.
Carry-on bags, totes, messenger bags, and more are now all available, and if you want to get something for us—we kind of like the cute little toiletry bag. All in all there are five new options from which to choose, and they’re all part of the JetBlue Uniform Bag Collection with items starting at $39.
Jackets, rain pants, and flight attendant shirts are just some of the materials getting the recycling treatment, and we have to say each looks pretty darn nice. No word on if bringing one with you on your next JetBlue flight will get you anything special, but we wouldn't be surprised if you scored a smile from the crew.
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So remember when Delta started offering up that baggage guarantee on a trial basis a while ago? Well apparently they like what they saw, and they are considering it a hit because it’s going to stick around.
This week Delta announced that things would continue permanently. As a refresher, the airline is guaranteeing that checked baggage will make it all the way from the belly of the plane to the baggage carrousel within 20 minutes. If not they’ll give you 2,500 miles for your troubles, but just remember that you need to fill out a form online and call them out on it.
There are some rules to follow and what not, but for the most part things are pretty straightforward. Your journey’s last leg must be a domestic one, you must be signed up for their frequent flyer program, and you can only score the miles once each way no matter how many checked bags you have.
Alaska Airlines has done a version of this for years and years, so we’ll just have to wait and see if other carriers offer something similar now that Delta has thrown themselves into the ring.
[Photo: Doug Waldron]
[Photo: Doug Waldron]
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The planes and people over at Alaska Airlines have been doing something similar for years, but now Delta will give it a go as well. The airline is testing out some kind of baggage guarantee, as they look to "upgrade" the traveling process for their passengers.
Basically checked bags are supposed to arrive onto the baggage carrousel within twenty minutes—for domestic flights. If they don’t then the airline will hand out 2,500 miles for the inconvenience. So twenty minutes for your bag or 2,500 miles—it’s simple enough. The guarantee is in trial mode thought the end of March.
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There’s a couple of asterisks on the terms and conditions page, but for the most part it seems pretty straightforward. It’s all to show off their love to their Mileage Plan members, so be sure to sign up and enter your digits prior to checking in for your flight.
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As there are only two ways to get around Venice (by foot or by boat), tourists who haven't lined their pockets with enough cash for a private water taxi transfer typically have to hoof it along canals, down alleys, and over bridges to reach their accommodation, lugging their baggage the whole way.
2013 was a record year for Venice tourism; La Serenissima welcomed nearly 60,000 daily visitors on average. The Venice Times actually figured out that each Venetian who lives in the historic center (excluding the islands) is "'in charge' of about 354 tourists per day." Compare that to Florence's 22 tourists per resident, and it's obvious Venice is a little crowded. Each visitor naturally arrives with some belongings, and that's exactly the problem.
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Don't think so? Take a flight without it some time, perhaps on a quick overnight with just a messenger bag, and you'll quickly find that luggage is its own particular brand of torture. Travelers with it are less agile, earlier exhausted, responsible for extra fees, potential crime targets, and forced to spend more time at the airport dealing with it. Then there's the whole separate nightmare of if it's delayed or gone missing.
2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of commercial flight, and it's shocking to think how little the baggage situation has changed in that century. Adding wheels and decreasing weight have seemingly been the most pervasive advances in the luggage industry through the decades, and the most passionate arguments occur over "carry-on only or checked?" and "two-wheel or four-wheel?" rather than contemplating why we're still dragging our belongings behind us like wayward hobos.
There is some hope, however; a company called Fugu Luggage has taken to Kickstarter to seek help producing what may be a breath of fresh air in the stodgy old luggage industry. It literally utilizes air to expand from a compact wheeled carry-on into a durable checked bag, complete with interior organization and "omniwheels."
Lost luggage? Thing of the past.
Overweight carry-on? No more.
Forgetting the keys to your TSA baggage locks? Impossible!
It was probably only a matter of time before carry-ons got the smartphone treatment and, thanks to Bluesmart, some hassles of heading to an airport may soon be forgotten.
A new carry-on bag claims to keep travelers connected to their cabin baggage with the help of an iPhone app. It allows travelers to weigh their luggage instantly, locate misplaced bags, remotely lock and unlock the suitcase, and even charge devices while on the road. Here are the major features:
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A new baggage feeyes another onewill hurt holiday season travelers this year, but only if you're flying notoriously fee-happy Spirit Airlines.
If you've booked or will book a flight on the budget airline after August 19. 2014 for travel between December 18, 2014 and January 5, 2015, be prepared to tack on $2 to each paid checked bag fee. They're calling it the "Temporary Holiday Bag Price Change," but we think it only hints at a proper permanent hike to come.
With the new $2 fee, carry-on bags (remember, Spirit charges for both carry-on and checked bags) will cost $37 each if purchased during booking, $47 during online check-in, $52 at the airport before security, and $102 at the gate. The first checked bag is actually a slightly better deal, charged at $32 each if purchased during booking, $42 during online check-in, $47 at the airport before security, and $102 at the gate. Overweight, oversize, extra bags, and their "$9 club" fees all differ, so check out their site for more, but remember to add the extra $2 on to each price.
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Australia may be home to the "Best Job in the World," but with the ups come the downs, and Oz now also offers positions for what seems like the worst job in the world: "Cabin Baggage Officer" for Jetstar.
Working for an airline may be a dream job to some, but you'll want to steer clear of starting this low on the ladder; Cabin Baggage Officer is a brand new position designed to enforce carry-on luggage rules and charge any applicable fees directly to the passengers, at a point when travelers think they're already good to go. Our friends at Australian Business Traveller elucidate the Officer's responsibilities:
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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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This year's 30th Anniversary of Virgin Atlantic combined with the launch of the airline's snazzy new Vivienne Westwood-designed uniforms means more than just partytime in the skies on VS; these milestones will also bring about a revamped beauty and grooming guide for the already fresh and polished Virgin crew.
You see, when a new hire receives their uniform, they're also handed a Virgin-produced book titled Runway. It's essentially a guide to the "Virgin Atlantic look" regarding how to wear the uniform, suggested hair styles, and the like. It's meant for maintenance employees, gate agents and Clubhouse staff just as much as for cabin and flight crew, but the pages dedicated to the minutiae of a flight attendant's jet setting lifestyle are among the most enlightening.
Runway is right now in the process of being updated, but there are some choice sections worth preserving for all.