A Marketplace headline reads that checked bag fees lead to cabin chaos.
Granted, airlines like Delta allow free checking for up to two bags that meet their size/weight requirements for International trips. If you’re flying within the U.S. or to/from our neighbors like Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, you’re paying per piece of checked luggage. The theory is that passengers don’t like to pay, so we pack it with us, pile it on board, and jam it in overhead bins.
All that on-board baggage has the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (part of the Communications Workers of America union) calling for Congress to end the carry-on crunch. Even in the related site url: endcarryoncrunch.org. According to site, a membership survey conducted by the AFA-CWA found “80 percent of flight attendants sustained injuries over the past year due to dealing with carry-ons in overhead bins.”
No word on an independent data set, but it certainly presents as an interesting (unscientific) poll and News Cut discussion.
* Track the Securing Cabin Baggage Act via The Library of Congress
h/t Nick Leitheiser