Carry-on Baggage

A little off-topic for my blog, but something I wanted to write a post about after watching a Saturday Night Live (SNL) episode. This episode was a funny parody to boarding an airplane in real life. See it below:

Very funny episode! One thing that did catch my attention was the part with joke about carry-on baggage:

Of course that is just comedy. But in reality, many people will try to bring as large of a bag on-board an airplane to avoid having to check it to their destination. There are many reasons for this, such as not having to pay bag check fees, avoid potential damages to bags, and whatever other reasons there might be.

Many people are annoyed about this (including myself), as it causes airplane boarding and deplaning processes to take a long time. Also, people sitting below an overhead carry-on compartment can get knocked in the head when others are taking their heavy and over-sized “carry-ons” out of the compartment, causing injury.

The real question I have to ask is what is considered a carry-on? As the name implies, carry-on bags and items should be small enough to be carried by a person without having to touch the floor while moving. You aren’t “carrying” something, if it is being dragged or wheeled on the floor. Also, items that are carried onto an aircraft must be able to fit into an overhead baggage compartment or under the seat in front of you, with little to no struggle. If you have to squeeze and stuff your items into a compartment, they are not carry-on items by definition.

Despite the annoyance displayed by others, certain people still try to take advantage of the carry-on space with their over-sized bags, and force those with actual carry-on items to have no space for anything, further delaying departure of a flight. In addition to the inconvenience caused, someone can be severely injured by over-sized bags falling from the overhead compartments.

At the end of the day, if you are going to fly on an airplane, you need to be considerate of the other people you will be flying with. You also need to realize that flying on an airplane will require you to pay additional fees and check bags to your destination. It’s the cost of flying on airplane. Even though most checked bags make it all the way unharmed, don’t leave important items in your checked luggage, and don’t use expensive suitcases for air travel.

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