View Poll Results: Should flyers be required to check all luggage?

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Thread: Do you check your luggage when flying? Should there be a requirement to?

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    Re: Do you check your luggage when flying? Should there be a requirement to?

    I travel light. I take my one and only bag onto the plane with me. I can't afford the fees they charge for bags. They're absurdly high.


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    Re: Do you check your luggage when flying? Should there be a requirement to?

    I try not to, especially on connection flights. But, I retired from the airlines, and I can fly for free with free bags, that being said, if my bag is lost, I am usually SOL. Now, if I go somewhere to scuba dive, I check my bag, mask fins snorkel, octopus, computer and BCD take up a lot of room! But, statistically, it is very safe to check bags, annoying to wait for them though..
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    Re: Do you check your luggage when flying? Should there be a requirement to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    there are no fees on Southwest
    No, but you pay more, on average for your ticket. Southwest will be forced to change their model, they are now one of the highest labor cost airlines in the nation, because the other majors went ch 11 and renegotiated rates with unions. Add in CO/UA and DL/NW and upcoming America West/American (I don't utter the "U" word), ultra low cost competitors like Allegiant and Spirit and Love Field being open to everyone, and SW will continue to have struggles.
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    Re: Do you check your luggage when flying? Should there be a requirement to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    I try to avoid all carriers if the destination is 7 hours or under I just drive. If not I rate the carriers in this order:

    Southwest
    American
    Frontier
    Delta
    United
    US Air
    Continental
    I prefer United or USAir, though I have binders full of friends who fly for American and Continental.

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    Re: Do you check your luggage when flying? Should there be a requirement to?

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    No, but you pay more, on average for your ticket. Southwest will be forced to change their model, they are now one of the highest labor cost airlines in the nation, because the other majors went ch 11 and renegotiated rates with unions. Add in CO/UA and DL/NW and upcoming America West/American (I don't utter the "U" word), ultra low cost competitors like Allegiant and Spirit and Love Field being open to everyone, and SW will continue to have struggles.
    they are not struggling, flights are full, and their rates are not higher by the time you figure fees on the others. Allegiant nor Spirit are competitors in my market

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    Re: Do you check your luggage when flying? Should there be a requirement to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    I prefer United or USAir, though I have binders full of friends who fly for American and Continental.
    I think US AIR is the absolute worst, I have been stranded more that once by them and they do not care to help you out of it.

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    Re: Do you check your luggage when flying? Should there be a requirement to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    they are not struggling, flights are full, and their rates are not higher by the time you figure fees on the others. Allegiant nor Spirit are competitors in my market
    No, but things have changed for them a lot lately, their fares are usually higher, I was in the industry for a long time, I follow it very closely. Southwest today is not the airline it was 10 years ago. There are some excellent industry blogs out there, The Cranky Flier is a great one. They still make money, but things have changed for them, the Air Tran buy out was a mistake, and they have too many planes coming. They want to go to Hawaii, but the 737-700 can only go from west coast cities. It is a fascinating industry, glad that I don't have to work in it anymore, too many layoffs!
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    Re: Do you check your luggage when flying? Should there be a requirement to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    I think US AIR is the absolute worst, I have been stranded more that once by them and they do not care to help you out of it.
    The east crews (USAirways) are terrible, west (America West) are good.
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    Re: Do you check your luggage when flying? Should there be a requirement to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    I think US AIR is the absolute worst, I have been stranded more that once by them and they do not care to help you out of it.
    Yes, but I have a connection to someone who is very well connected in USAir who can make a call and get me unstranded and upgraded if need be (which has happened a sum total of once. I like USAir)

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