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(CNN)   Some airline passengers find another way to chuck their dignity into the low-cost turbines. To the right, taking bets on how long it will take the airlines to start charging these clever guys for fat seats. Assuming they get past the TSA screening   ( divider line
    More: Silly, baggage fees, Spirit Airlines  
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2013-09-20 03:59:00 PM  
2 votes:
Just pay the goddamn $25 to check your bag.  Christ.
2013-09-20 02:49:41 PM  
2 votes:
My dignity is worth the baggage fee.
2013-09-20 05:04:27 PM  
1 vote:
I fly a lot - really a lot, so maybe I'm just numb to it, but even when I'm in major hubs, I'm just not experiencing all of the things most of you describe.  And even though I get upgraded frequently because of my Skymiles status, I still fly coach quite a bit, so it's not like I'm completely basing this on first class experiences.  I don't have to pay for bags (see above re: Skymiles), but I just don't experience the problems with TSA, crappy sky waitresses, delays, etc. that everyone always complains about.  Leaving Vegas last week was about 20 minutes in the security line.  LAX two weeks prior was maybe 15.  There's a security line at MSP out by the skyway that connects C and G that I always use after I go grab a stick of fresh air between flights, and I think the longest it's ever taken me to get back through it was 10 minutes.  The worst is when you're visiting someone and they tell you how horrible it is at their airport, so you show up two hours early because you believed them, and 15 minutes later you're sitting at your gate wondering why the bar isn't open yet because you have an hour to kill before your flight starts boarding.

I'm starting to think that the largest group of people that always like to complain about air travel have probably never even been on a plane.
2013-09-20 04:14:14 PM  
1 vote:

Odd Bird: Honest Bender: My dignity is worth the baggage fee.

THIS and that thing looks like more trouble than it's worth.

jayhawk88: Serious question: At this point, how long would you drive to avoid flying. I live in Wichita, and I really think, even for business, I would drive as far as Dallas/Denver/St.Louis/Chicago to avoid having to deal with air travel.

I drive 17-18 hours 2-3 times each year, GA to NY, when up there for a week or more.
Also saves on renting a car in NY; I drive my own or rent one down here for 250+ less/week than a NY area airport.

That's about 1100 miles or 44 gallons at 25mpg.  $310 in gas total round trip, a greyhound will get you there for $252 round trip and you don't have to do anything.  shiat I'll rent a car at my destination before putting that many miles on my own vehicle.
2013-09-20 04:05:32 PM  
1 vote:

CarnySaur: Just pay the goddamn $25 to check your bag.  Christ.

Both ways, remember.
And then there is the $15 baggage retrieval fee.
2013-09-20 03:36:45 PM  
1 vote:
Two words:

Pack. Lighter.
2013-09-20 03:32:55 PM  
1 vote:
The article mentions Frontier as a carrier that charges for checked bags. However, I've discovered that if you use a largish, but still regulation-sized, rolling carry-on bag, they will force you to check it at the gate, but not charge you for it. This has become routine for me, as I travel to Denver somewhat frequently.
2013-09-20 03:31:53 PM  
1 vote:
I hate to be 'that guy' - but I remember hearing about least once per year, for the last 4-5 years.
2013-09-20 02:19:46 PM  
1 vote:
Actually since TSA makes you remove your jacket when you go through whatever scanner you get sent through that shouldn't be a problem.
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