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(Chicago Business)   Alaska Airlines becomes the first carrier to offer larger overhead bins. Passengers bringing their entire wardrobe on board to begin in 3...2...1   (chicagobusiness.com) divider line 36
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2014-07-14 08:06:55 AM
content7.flixster.com
"Take only what you need to survive!"
 
2014-07-14 08:48:41 AM
Clearly we should be rewarding the people who duct-tape a handle onto the box their dryer came in and call it "carry-on"
 
2014-07-14 08:55:24 AM
Maybe if they didn't charge to check luggage people wouldn't stuff so much stuff overhead?
 
2014-07-14 09:13:39 AM
Maybe if the union and federal employees weren't stealing my shiat and it took them over a half hour to unload the plane and 

BizarreMan: Maybe if they didn't charge to check luggage

people wouldn't stuff so much stuff overhead?
 
hej
2014-07-14 09:16:01 AM
With any luck they'll be able to fit their carry on baggage plus their babies in the overhead bins.
 
2014-07-14 09:39:16 AM
So now deplaning will take even longer. Great
 
2014-07-14 09:41:40 AM
How else am I gonna bring home my Grizzly Bear haunches?  Amiright?

You Betcha.

PS::: What is the name of the eskimo dude on the tail?  and how much did he get paid for his likeness?
PSS::: Are those 737 fuselages which fell into the Idaho river going to be the 2005 Katrin Junk Cars of the future? Just show me the AirplaneFax?
PSSS::: How do you look up a 737's Skirts? Drive thru the Seatac runway tunnel, just as one is taxing across... sweet view!
 
2014-07-14 09:54:40 AM
Gotta fit your snowshoes somewhere.
 
2014-07-14 10:04:02 AM
People are pretty stupid if they are trying to get on the plane first just to find room for their carry-ons.

I always do what I can to get on the plane last. That way, any open seat in my section is mine for the taking. And if I can't find room for my bag, a flight attendant will take it and find an open bin in first class, then bring me a slip of paper with the seat number on it. Like valet parking your bags.

/Tend to fly non-US carriers.
//US carriers have shiatty customer service, and this may not apply
 
2014-07-14 10:13:49 AM
I flew Alaska the first time this year from DFW to Bozeman, MT.  Short layover in Seattle, but it was the cheapest option at the time.  They won my business by giving free beer and wine to all passengers from Seattle to Bozeman.
 
2014-07-14 10:29:40 AM

MugzyBrown: Maybe if the union and federal employees weren't stealing my shiat and it took them over a half hour to unload the plane and  BizarreMan: Maybe if they didn't charge to check luggage people wouldn't stuff so much stuff overhead?


I've never had anyone steal anything from my check in luggage but the fact we've made zero improvements on getting shiat off the plane and back to the passengers in the last thirty years is the primary reason I don't check in my luggage.  Even in the San Diego airport where I fly out of - the fark'n plane is like a 100 feet away and it still takes a half hour before seeing the first load of luggage.
 
2014-07-14 10:52:27 AM
Alaska guarantees 20 minutes from the aircraft arriving at the gate to baggage at the carousal.  They do still charge for bags... well, for non-Alaskans.  We get two bags free, which is nice.
 
2014-07-14 11:11:17 AM

Name_Omitted: Alaska guarantees 20 minutes from the aircraft arriving at the gate to baggage at the carousal.  They do still charge for bags... well, for non-Alaskans.  We get two bags free, which is nice.




That sounds vaguely racist.
 
2014-07-14 11:38:18 AM

lostcat: People are pretty stupid if they are trying to get on the plane first just to find room for their carry-ons.

I always do what I can to get on the plane last. That way, any open seat in my section is mine for the taking. And if I can't find room for my bag, a flight attendant will take it and find an open bin in first class, then bring me a slip of paper with the seat number on it. Like valet parking your bags.

/Tend to fly non-US carriers.
//US carriers have shiatty customer service, and this may not apply


For the US carriers it goes to the gate check where you have to wait in the jet bridge for a few minutes to get it.  And yes it's a big deal if you have a tight connection for another flight or business meeting etc.

/pulled off a 41 minute connection in ATL earlier this year
 
2014-07-14 11:51:45 AM

12349876: For the US carriers it goes to the gate check where you have to wait in the jet bridge for a few minutes to get it.  And yes it's a big deal if you have a tight connection for another flight or business meeting etc.

/pulled off a 41 minute connection in ATL earlier this year


I love waiting for the baby stroller for 20 minutes holding 3 bags and a 2 year old
 
2014-07-14 12:16:47 PM

gingerjet: MugzyBrown: Maybe if the union and federal employees weren't stealing my shiat and it took them over a half hour to unload the plane and  BizarreMan: Maybe if they didn't charge to check luggage people wouldn't stuff so much stuff overhead?

I've never had anyone steal anything from my check in luggage but the fact we've made zero improvements on getting shiat off the plane and back to the passengers in the last thirty years is the primary reason I don't check in my luggage.  Even in the San Diego airport where I fly out of - the fark'n plane is like a 100 feet away and it still takes a half hour before seeing the first load of luggage.


Feel free to make suggestions. 20 minutes isn't bad considering how much luggage there is and what needs to be done to get it to the right carousel. It is a physical system and so it has limits.
 
2014-07-14 12:38:19 PM
I'm pretty sure they're already using these bins on a number of Alaska Air flights. I overheard the flight attendants on the Seattle to Orlando route (flight 19) using a brand new 737-900ER, telling passengers that the bins on that plane were a prototype for new Alaska Air planes, and were able to fit more luggage.

Interestingly, to fit more in the overhead bin, you have to turn the bags 90-degrees, having themsit on the narrow side, so the width becomes the height. Interestingly, some bags of an "international" standard of carry-on won't fit this way, so it was problematic for some passengers using incompatible standards.
travelskills.com
/also noticed last week Alaska's flight to and from Seattle/Honolulu now uses this new type of bin.
//flies Alaska Air . . . a lot.
 
2014-07-14 12:38:30 PM

Tobin_Lam: Feel free to make suggestions. 20 minutes isn't bad considering how much luggage there is and what needs to be done to get it to the right carousel. It is a physical system and so it has limits.


Gate-checked items should be pretty quick to get out of the hold since they're among the last things to go into the hold
 
2014-07-14 01:01:23 PM

MugzyBrown: Maybe if the union and federal employees weren't stealing my shiat and it took them over a half hour to unload the plane and  BizarreMan: Maybe if they didn't charge to check luggage people wouldn't stuff so much stuff overhead?


One trick I've heard of to make sure an important piece of luggage arrives where it's supposed to be and intact: Buy a little flare pop-gun and declare that you're transporting a (properly secured and unloaded, of course) firearm in your luggage when you check in. They'll be damn sure to not lose it because it's a big deal if they lose a weapon, and the pop-gun counts.

Dunno any "one weird trick..." ideas for getting things faster. Though frankly for extended trips, I've wondered: Why not just put your crap in a box & ship the box to an accomplice at the destination in advance?
 
2014-07-14 01:12:20 PM
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines...
 
2014-07-14 01:18:34 PM

MugzyBrown: 12349876: For the US carriers it goes to the gate check where you have to wait in the jet bridge for a few minutes to get it.  And yes it's a big deal if you have a tight connection for another flight or business meeting etc.

/pulled off a 41 minute connection in ATL earlier this year

I love waiting for the baby stroller for 20 minutes holding 3 bags and a 2 year old


Your mistake is the baby stroller. Eff those things.
 
2014-07-14 01:22:19 PM
In an alternate universe, I'm still flying on roomy L-1011s with no overhead storage for the center rows.
 
2014-07-14 01:53:27 PM

12349876: For the US carriers it goes to the gate check where you have to wait in the jet bridge for a few minutes to get it.  And yes it's a big deal if you have a tight connection for another flight or business meeting etc.


This is not guaranteed. I flew some Delta regional "operated by" puddle jumper once and had to gate check my carry-on. When we arrived at my destination they told me I had to go to baggage claim to get my bag, they "never" provide the gate-checked things at the arrival gate. Now that's the only time I've experienced it that way that I can recall, but if it happened once it can happen again.
 
2014-07-14 01:58:54 PM

Oreamnos: 12349876: For the US carriers it goes to the gate check where you have to wait in the jet bridge for a few minutes to get it.  And yes it's a big deal if you have a tight connection for another flight or business meeting etc.

This is not guaranteed. I flew some Delta regional "operated by" puddle jumper once and had to gate check my carry-on. When we arrived at my destination they told me I had to go to baggage claim to get my bag, they "never" provide the gate-checked things at the arrival gate. Now that's the only time I've experienced it that way that I can recall, but if it happened once it can happen again.



I've never had a gate checked bag returned to me at the gate. My assumption has always been it goes to baggage claim, basically a free checked bag. Hmm odd it's never once even been suggested to me to wait on the jetway for it, I think they usually even print me a claim ticket. As long as I'm not flying back to Orlando where baggage takes a good 45 minutes or so I usually take advantage of this.
 
2014-07-14 02:08:34 PM

MrSteve007: I'm pretty sure they're already using these bins on a number of Alaska Air flights. I overheard the flight attendants on the Seattle to Orlando route (flight 19) using a brand new 737-900ER, telling passengers that the bins on that plane were a prototype for new Alaska Air planes, and were able to fit more luggage.

Interestingly, to fit more in the overhead bin, you have to turn the bags 90-degrees, having themsit on the narrow side, so the width becomes the height. Interestingly, some bags of an "international" standard of carry-on won't fit this way, so it was problematic for some passengers using incompatible standards.

/also noticed last week Alaska's flight to and from Seattle/Honolulu now uses this new type of bin.
//flies Alaska Air . . . a lot.


What does any of this have to do with solar power?
 
2014-07-14 02:22:47 PM

YixilTesiphon: Your mistake is the baby stroller. Eff those things.


Yeah, well it's the only way to transport a child in an airport when you're carrying 50lbs of gear each.
 
2014-07-14 02:31:40 PM

MugzyBrown: YixilTesiphon: Your mistake is the baby stroller. Eff those things.

Yeah, well it's the only way to transport a child in an airport when you're carrying 50lbs of gear each.


What kind of traveling do you do? That sounds horrible.
 
2014-07-14 02:40:41 PM

foo monkey: What does any of this have to do with solar power?

Heh, I was flying to help with building projects in Orlando and Hawaii that had solar on them, duh. ;)

Snapped this sexy rooftop solar photo while on final approach into Honolulu too:
img.fark.net
 
2014-07-14 03:02:30 PM

MugzyBrown: 12349876: For the US carriers it goes to the gate check where you have to wait in the jet bridge for a few minutes to get it.  And yes it's a big deal if you have a tight connection for another flight or business meeting etc.

/pulled off a 41 minute connection in ATL earlier this year

I love waiting for the baby stroller for 20 minutes holding 3 bags and a 2 year old


You could have left the 2yo at home.
 
2014-07-14 03:37:27 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Clearly we should be rewarding the people who duct-tape a handle onto the box their dryer came in and call it "carry-on"


Seriously.

The boarding process is always slowed down by people who bring bags that are too big for the overhead and people searching for space.

Checked bags should be free and overhead there is a fee (under the seat is still free).

And put slats in the overhead bins to prevent someone from putting their bag in sideways and taking up more space than they need.
 
2014-07-14 03:42:32 PM

MrSteve007: I'm pretty sure they're already using these bins on a number of Alaska Air flights. I overheard the flight attendants on the Seattle to Orlando route (flight 19) using a brand new 737-900ER, telling passengers that the bins on that plane were a prototype for new Alaska Air planes, and were able to fit more luggage.

Interestingly, to fit more in the overhead bin, you have to turn the bags 90-degrees, having themsit on the narrow side, so the width becomes the height. Interestingly, some bags of an "international" standard of carry-on won't fit this way, so it was problematic for some passengers using incompatible standards.
[travelskills.com image 730x499]
/also noticed last week Alaska's flight to and from Seattle/Honolulu now uses this new type of bin.
//flies Alaska Air . . . a lot.


What's missing is that jackass who puts his unfolded jacket up there and computer bag.
 
2014-07-14 03:49:19 PM
12349876:

For the US carriers it goes to the gate check where you have to wait in the jet bridge for a few minutes to get it.  And yes it's a big deal if you have a tight connection for another flight or business meeting etc.

That's not really gate checked. If it's gate checked you'll get a claim code and they'll put a real claim tag on your bag and it will proceed to your final destination's baggage claim. This is what they do pretty often when they have a full flight and ask for volunteers to check their bag.

Plane-side checking, or something similar to that, is when you get the bag back at the gate. I've only encountered this on regional jets where even a standard carry-on won't fit. They have a big rack outside the boarding door and you leave your (untagged) bag there to receive it at the same location at your destination.
 
2014-07-14 04:43:46 PM

Swampmaster: What is the name of the eskimo dude on the tail?


For much of my childhood I thought that was Abe Lincoln.
 
2014-07-14 05:12:57 PM

12349876: lostcat:
/Tend to fly non-US carriers.
//US carriers have shiatty customer service, and this may not apply

For the US carriers it goes to the gate check where you have to wait in the jet bridge for a few minutes to get it.  And yes it's a big deal if you have a tight connection for another flight or business meeting etc.

/pulled off a 41 minute connection in ATL earlier this year


I found out that sometimes you have to ride a bus to another terminal at Sky Harbor PHX.  On the way back I found out that you can't count on food because the lines at the restaurants in the terminal were way out the farking door.

/I like your idea lostcat, why not just sit in the terminal and do whatever while everyone boards.  I think it's the same when un-boarding/de-planing, just stay in your seat and not have to hold your carry-on and be standing.
 
2014-07-14 06:16:37 PM

dukeblue219: Plane-side checking, or something similar to that, is when you get the bag back at the gate. I've only encountered this on regional jets where even a standard carry-on won't fit. They have a big rack outside the boarding door and you leave your (untagged) bag there to receive it at the same location at your destination.


I've seen Alaska Air do this.  As mentioned above, they also provide free Widmer Bros beer.  Not a bad service, from BUR to PDX.  It's like Southwest, price-wise, but with less cutesy jokes and more alcohol.

/going again soon
 
2014-07-14 11:47:05 PM

Oreamnos: This is not guaranteed. I flew some Delta regional "operated by" puddle jumper once and had to gate check my carry-on. When we arrived at my destination they told me I had to go to baggage claim to get my bag, they "never" provide the gate-checked things at the arrival gate. Now that's the only time I've experienced it that way that I can recall, but if it happened once it can happen again.


One more reason to avoid "operated by" puddle-jumpers.  No good service can be had when you're working with a cost-focused part of an airline.
 
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