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Old 5th Aug 2016, 13:39
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Correct, and the reason people opt for priority boarding is not so they can get a seat, or sit in the cramped confines of cattle-class for an extra 30 minutes whilst everyone else boards, but to ensure they can find a space in the bins to put their luggage.

The whole luggage situation is a joke and it is the part of flying that I hate the most.
Options are to pay a premium to get baggage in the hold where there is fair chance it will get trashed or robbed, pay a premium to get boarded early so you can find an empty bin within eye-shot of your seat or get onboard and take your chances in finding one at all.

Whichever route you take it is either for the airline or aggravation for you and the cabin crew.

Oh, and Edmund, your maths are out a tad. Weekly flyer with 1% loss will expect to lose their gear once every two years ;-) That said, it is still unacceptable.
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Old 5th Aug 2016, 13:51
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Do diplomatic couriers still fly with document cases chained to their wrists? Hard to leave those behind.

Then, it's difficult for non-musicians to understand how precious a violin is to its player. It has an economic 'value' of course – which may be many millions – but it's much more than that. Often, too, it's on loan, an awesome responsibility. You carry your baby, I'll carry my Stradivarius.
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Old 5th Aug 2016, 13:55
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I can scarcely believe some of the comments on here:

The selfish who think that their few dollars worth of hand baggage is worth someone else's life.
The stupid who absolutely HAVE to take their laptop because it isn't backed up.
The ignorant who ignore the advice of experienced professional aviators.

You really need to have to take a look at yourselves, folks.
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Old 5th Aug 2016, 13:55
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Originally Posted by HarryMann View Post
One solution might be a dead bolt locking system on all pax lockers switched by the crew on Declaration of an Emergency Evacuation .
Then the very same troublemakers will block the aisles struggling to open the overhead bins. Plus there is still hand baggage under the seat in front of you.
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Old 5th Aug 2016, 14:32
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Originally Posted by SATCOS WHIPPING BOY View Post
Oh, and Edmund, your maths are out a tad. Weekly flyer with 1% loss will expect to lose their gear once every two years ;-) That said, it is still unacceptable.
Umm, his maths is fine.

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Old 5th Aug 2016, 14:43
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Originally Posted by PDR1 View Post
Rather depends where you are. I know people who still haven't been recompensed for stuff that never re-emerged from the fiasco in the opening of terminal 5.

Then there are some american airports where a job as a baggage handler is essentially an all-you-can-eat buffet for the light-fingered. The worst I've experienced would be Chicago, as it seems have some others:



But you airline chappies really need to get your acts together and sing from a single hymn book. On the one hand we have harrumphing aircrew sneering at their customers for having the temerity to bring so much as a wallet into the cabin rather than putting it in the hold. On the other hand your employers make it clear at every stage of the ticket purchasing process that they don't want our stinking luggage cluttering up the hold and taking up space that they can use for paying freight (needed to pay for the 5-star hotel parties for the cabin crew, I expect) so we if we actually want to take more than the clothes we stand in we must either pack it into cabin baggage or take out a mortgage to put it in the hold.

Once you have your own house in order, and have got your stories straight then (and only then) will all this unseemly whining at the people who pay your salaries be anything less than childish tantrums.

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Mr Caroll must either be indigent or a moron. Either way, he can be disregarded.

If you have something valuable that can't be carried as cabin baggage on a scheduled flight then you either Fedex it or charter a plane.

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Old 5th Aug 2016, 14:48
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I look at it this way. The "must save" possessions that most people board with (wallet, phone, papers, meds, laptop) would usually fit into a laptop bag or decent sized purse. That could be stowed under the seat, and to be honest, something that size and weight really isn't going to impede the evacuation much.

The real problem is these 50 pound overstuffed suitcases that just barely fit into the overhead to begin with - probably packed with a week's worth of clothes and whatever other stuff the owners could get into them. If you get those suitcases into the hold, you've solved most of the problem. Now, yes, there's still going to be a few people with expensive camera equipment or musical instruments or the like, but that's more likely to be the exception.

How do you get the bulky suitcases into the hold? Maybe offer a ticket discount if you check any bags over a certain size, rather than charging extra for them. I still think the airlines created much of this problem when they got greedy and started charging a fortune for checked bags.
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Old 5th Aug 2016, 15:22
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I have been through an emergency evucation, and ever since have used an AmeriBag, sometimes called a "Healthy Back Bag", to hold the essentials.

Mine is leather, and has a patina from over 20 years use, and is highly recommended.

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Old 5th Aug 2016, 15:31
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Fair point Pax Britannia, I based it upon my flight profile Heathrow > Hong Kong (week of work), Hong Kong > Dubai (week of rest), Dubai > Heathrow rather than looking at it as Fly out and return same week.

However you look at it though, it is still unacceptable losses and airlines really do need to do more.

Even though passenger numbers are rising, thankfully the instances of baggage mishandling are gradually reducing. I certainly wouldn't trust my camera gear to the hold unless I knew I would be compensated for loss at replacement cost.

Couple that with the fact that I need the gear for the Job in China then I am driven to keep that gear with me.

- Would I grab my bag in the event of an emergency evac? "Never".
- Would I entrust it to the baggage handlers and check it into the hold? An equally resounding "Never".

In the first instance I would be thankful to be out fit and well, and able to fight a claim on the grounds that I did as instructed by one of the airline staff.
In the second instance I would expect a battle for compensation because it was "my choice to put it in the hold" and the airline shirks it's responsibilities.
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Old 5th Aug 2016, 15:41
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Do diplomatic couriers still fly with document cases chained to their wrists? Hard to leave those behind.
Flying through KDCA not so long ago I saw several diplomats with their cases attached to them.
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Old 5th Aug 2016, 18:16
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I feel for the cabin crew.They're trying to look professional and friendly, obligatory smiles every 10 seconds whilst swinging half their body weight over their heads and bouncing them into the bins. All whilst buttoned into a tight outfit, balancing on heels and keeping theirs hats straight.

Admittedly the above is on ME and Asian carriers. Many euro crews seem to push straight back straight back with 'If you can't find space it's going in the hold' or 'Then it will have to go under the seat' both options leaving the pax cheesed off.
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Old 5th Aug 2016, 18:30
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In the light of yesterdays 777 crash, where people were apparently opening overhead lockers during the evacuation - surely it would be a simple matter to make it a criminal offense to take any luggage with you, punishable with the same penalty as tampering with a smoke detector?

Just be grateful every one on board escaped with their lives and stop thinking up ways of criminalising escaping passengers......
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Old 5th Aug 2016, 20:07
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'If you can't find space it's going in the hold' or 'Then it will have to go under the seat' both options leaving the pax cheesed off.
. . and then there was the time I felt my feet being pushed back as pax in front attempted to push baggage under their seat. The kindest interpretation was that they didn't understand the standard procedure
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Old 5th Aug 2016, 21:00
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http://www.trekairways.co.za/42913%2...0crash%201.jpg

seems pax have been taking their luggage off for a while now

1960 http://www.trekairways.co.za/Trek_Airways_DC-4.htm
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Old 6th Aug 2016, 03:54
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When the pax shows up at the boarding pass kiosk, s/he should have to pass a computer based quiz on evacuation:

1. During an evacuation, if the person ahead of you on way to an evacuation exit is blocking the way for you and those behind you while retrieving baggage, you must?

A. Shove him or her back to their seat to ensure the survival of yourself and those behind you.

B. Patiently stand there until you and those behind you are overcome by smoke and toxic combustion products.

2. If you absolutely must retrieve possessions before evacuating, you must?

A. Wait until everybody behind has passed your seat.

3. During taxi, takeoff or landing, it is possible that an emergency evacuation may be required. Where should important personal items such as passports, medications, credit cards, cash and other valuables, keys, phones, USB sticks etc. be kept during these phases of flight?

A. On your person

B. In an overhead bin where retrieval will not be possible in an emergency evacuation. Note that anybody blocking an aisle during an emergency is subject to being violently forced back into their seat without legal recourse.
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Old 6th Aug 2016, 04:06
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Here in the Philippines the P.A.'s are clearly dictated by the authority, I have flown with four of the airlines here and, at least in parts, the P.A.'s are the same word for word, examples:

1. Smoking in the toilet is a criminal offence, and:

2. Removing the life jacket from the aircraft is a criminal offence.

So what next ...

3. In the event that we should crash and whilst you may not be thinking clearly should you dare to take your handbag with you we're going to have you banged up ...
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Old 6th Aug 2016, 08:11
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How about "crashing the plane will be a criminal offence"?

Of course the self-righteous aircrew work to obstruct that by claiming that ADR/CVR data and anything discovered by the AAIB must be "confidential" and must never be passed to the police (see the shoreham thread)...

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Old 6th Aug 2016, 08:18
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Originally Posted by PAX_Britannica View Post
Mr Caroll must either be indigent or a moron. Either way, he can be disregarded.
Interesting that you feel it helpful to promote crime and blame the victims. But your core message needs more publicity:

"If you have anything you value then never take it with you on an aeroplane because even the aircrew will expect it to be stolen or trashed by the time you get there"


Mr Caroll is neither indigent nor a moron - the incident is well known. Clearly we need more aircrew to be held criminally and financially liable for the consequences for their neglect and contempt for those who pay for their existence.

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Old 6th Aug 2016, 08:37
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Clearly we need more CEOs and Heads of Training and Staffing to be held criminally and financially liable for the consequences for their neglect and contempt for those in their employ, who may be pushed to work longer hours and in schedules that are known to be deleterious to their health so as to safely carry the people who pay for their existence.

Unless to you make the person at the top of the tree responsible - nothing will change anywhere in the tree. Look at the example in the UK of newspapers hacking the phone messages of people? Did any of the bosses get banged up in prison?

The very, very few flight crew who might be criminally responsible are those who deliberately crash the plane [Germanwings 2015] and they are already dead.
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Old 6th Aug 2016, 08:58
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Four pages and still no concrete examples of why taking your carry on is a bad thing.

I NEED my insulin. To a slightly lessor extent I NEED my glucose meter. I put these in a small bumbag, with my passport, money, credit cards, phone and other valuables (if I am taking them) which I also need .

I have no confidence that my stuff will survive any subsequent fire (DXB a classic example). I have no confidence I could access my two types of insulin, or replace my meter in foreign lands. I have no confidence that temporary travel documents can be made available in less than 72hrs, particularly over a weekend.

Airlines REFUSE to accept liability for valuables in checked luggage even if they are destroyed in a crash like DXB. They get the diamond mine, you get the shaft. Same if they are stolen (pilfered is the wrong word for stealing).

And does anyone think you will be reunited with the stuff you leave behind? I don't.

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