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2014-08-12 07:56:13 AM  
And that, kids, is how popped collars became cool.

collegecandy.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-08-12 08:09:16 AM  
I got caught overweight at dulles airport.


What amused me about that is after they weigh and tag you bag you have top carry it over to security.


Everything I just took out to make wieght got put right back in the bag.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-12 08:09:32 AM  
Shoot the gate attendant, stab the passengers, knock out the captain, and fly the plane to Cuba?

Does nobody else have that dream?

Nobody?
 
2014-08-12 08:14:14 AM  
I've never been tempted to act like an asshole after doing something stupid.
 
2014-08-12 08:16:36 AM  
A flight attendant said: "I am going to come to the gate and make sure you are still wearing everything".

Running through the attendant's mind "Fine, you want to fark with me & make fun of our policy.... I'm going to fark with you back"
 
2014-08-12 09:15:49 AM  
Who takes four hats on vacation?
 
2014-08-12 09:17:47 AM  
i.ytimg.com
 
2014-08-12 11:08:04 AM  

Recoil Therapy: A flight attendant said: "I am going to come to the gate and make sure you are still wearing everything".

Running through the attendant's mind "I'm an officious twunt and you have offended my Barney Fife-level overestimation of my own imagined authority"


Fixed, for you were being entirely too kind.
 
2014-08-12 11:13:14 AM  
I've strategically planned what to wear before going to the airport to avoid that problem. If I am flying somewhere cold to someplace warm (or vice versa) I am wearing my boots (I have TSA pre-check so I don't have to take them off) and coat on the plane. Or I will wear my heaviest shoes and carry my heaviest leather handbag so it doesn't weigh my checked luggage down.
 
2014-08-12 11:17:38 AM  
While the story seems kind of funny, it had to be annoying being the people behind these guys just wanting to check your bags and having them keep putting on more and more clothes until they are under the weight limit.

Plus you can get a digital luggage scale for around $10 so unless you are a first time traveller, you should know in advance if your bags are over weight.
 
2014-08-12 11:18:32 AM  
Here's what I don't like:
I fly first class if the price differential isn't that great and if it's a long flight.  Delta gives you four free checked bags for first class, at around 60# each.  However, if you only bring one bag and it's over 60, they want extra money.

Which is bullshiat.
 
2014-08-12 11:30:15 AM  
WTF is wrong with these guys that they need that many hats!?  They deserve to pay the fee for not knowing how to pack like men.
 
2014-08-12 11:31:31 AM  
Isn't the whole "weight limit" thing a throwback to the days when it actually mattered how much weight was on the plane? And that extra weight was on the plane anyway, since these guys wore that extra clothing on the same flight their bags were traveling in.

The vestigial obsession over weight has become a cash-grab based on weight.

// this isn't news to anyone who flies
 
2014-08-12 11:34:01 AM  

oldcub: WTF is wrong with these guys that they need that many hats!?  They deserve to pay the fee for not knowing how to pack like men.


Village People cover band is my only guess.
 
2014-08-12 11:34:47 AM  
How to avoid an excess luggage fee intentionally get yourself in the news, because lets face it these days so-called news organizations will print anything, like these cheeky passengers
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-12 11:35:31 AM  
Dr Dreidel

People ought to be billed based on a combination of total weight, volume of body, and volume of luggage. But the rules are made by marketers and enforced by mindless drones.
 
2014-08-12 11:35:59 AM  

Dr Dreidel: Isn't the whole "weight limit" thing a throwback to the days when it actually mattered how much weight was on the plane? And that extra weight was on the plane anyway, since these guys wore that extra clothing on the same flight their bags were traveling in.

The vestigial obsession over weight has become a cash-grab based on weight.

// this isn't news to anyone who flies


This.

So ridiculous.

The last time I flew, it was just me and the wife.  Her bag was over weight by a few pounds, so we just moved a few things into my bag.  Asinine.
 
2014-08-12 11:37:39 AM  
 
2014-08-12 11:48:06 AM  

oldcub: WTF is wrong with these guys that they need that many hats!?  They deserve to pay the fee for not knowing how to pack like men.


They weren't even hats, they were baseball caps.
 
2014-08-12 11:52:40 AM  

Dr Dreidel: Isn't the whole "weight limit" thing a throwback to the days when it actually mattered how much weight was on the plane? And that extra weight was on the plane anyway, since these guys wore that extra clothing on the same flight their bags were traveling in.

The vestigial obsession over weight has become a cash-grab based on weight.

// this isn't news to anyone who flies


Even in modern planes weight, and weight distribution, matters.
 
2014-08-12 12:07:55 PM  
WTFark is up with the Captain & Tennille hat?
 
2014-08-12 12:08:07 PM  
Reddit post is serious news
 
2014-08-12 12:11:07 PM  

Click Click D'oh: WTFark is up with the Captain & Tennille hat?


Ahoy palloi!
 
2014-08-12 12:11:41 PM  

ZAZ: Shoot the gate attendant, stab the passengers, knock out the captain, and fly the plane to Cuba?

Does nobody else have that dream?

Nobody?


Nope.  If I'm doing that I'm going to Jamaica
 
2014-08-12 12:16:38 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: Here's what I don't like:
I fly first class if the price differential isn't that great and if it's a long flight.  Delta gives you four free checked bags for first class, at around 60# each.  However, if you only bring one bag and it's over 60, they want extra money.

Which is bullshiat.


Do you want to be the person on the ramp that has to load your luggage?  That's generally the purpose of the weight limits.  If you get four free bags at 60lbs each, it doesn't mean you can bring one steamer trunk at 240lbs and say it's the same thing.
 
2014-08-12 12:19:35 PM  

vento: Satanic_Hamster: Here's what I don't like:
I fly first class if the price differential isn't that great and if it's a long flight.  Delta gives you four free checked bags for first class, at around 60# each.  However, if you only bring one bag and it's over 60, they want extra money.

Which is bullshiat.

Do you want to be the person on the ramp that has to load your luggage?  That's generally the purpose of the weight limits.  If you get four free bags at 60lbs each, it doesn't mean you can bring one steamer trunk at 240lbs and say it's the same thing.


Exactly. And if you're complaining about having to pay extra for one bag that's 70 pounds, and it never occurs to you to bring two bags that are 35 pounds each, you may be a product of the American educational system.
 
2014-08-12 12:20:27 PM  

vento: Do you want to be the person on the ramp that has to load your luggage? That's generally the purpose of the weight limits. If you get four free bags at 60lbs each, it doesn't mean you can bring one steamer trunk at 240lbs and say it's the same thing.


If I want to take a 200# crate I should be able to God dammit, it's my God given right as a 'MERICAN!

I usually bring a few cases of beer with me for my father when I go back for the holidays.
 
2014-08-12 12:22:58 PM  

ZAZ: total weight, volume of body


That's fatist.
 
2014-08-12 12:23:21 PM  
I've been a few pounds over on several occasions.  Usually they don't care.

To get their attention you really need to be over, and I'm not sure how you can pack a suitcase that heavy.
 
2014-08-12 12:27:29 PM  

oldcub: They deserve to pay the fee for not knowing how to pack like men.


clatl.com
 
2014-08-12 12:56:25 PM  
been done before.. move on...
 
2014-08-12 01:14:24 PM  

oldcub: WTF is wrong with these guys that they need that many hats!?  They deserve to pay the fee for not knowing how to pack like men.


you only need to pack one hat.
A fedora.
 
2014-08-12 01:18:25 PM  
Dr Dreidel:

Isn't the whole "weight limit" thing a throwback to the days when it actually mattered how much weight was on the plane? And that extra weight was on the plane anyway, since these guys wore that extra clothing on the same flight their bags were traveling in.

The vestigial obsession over weight has become a cash-grab based on weight.

// this isn't news to anyone who flies


It's an easy $25 for the airline, and $50 if you plan to return, which I would assume most people do.

What pisses me off is how people now use that as a reason to treat what any sane person would check as a "carryon." It seems every flight I'm on they announce "This flight will be full" and ask if you want to check bags at the ramp because every idiot wants to put a bag big enough to hold a third-world nation in the overhead bins.

I'm 6'3" and tend to carry paying client's laptops. I can't ramp-check, and I do not want to put something under the seat ahead of me on an X hour flight.
 
2014-08-12 01:36:19 PM  

vudukungfu: oldcub: WTF is wrong with these guys that they need that many hats!?  They deserve to pay the fee for not knowing how to pack like men.

you only need to pack one hat.
A fedora.


What's with the fedora thing?

I keep seeing it, but can't suss it out.
 
2014-08-12 01:36:31 PM  
I'm just going to extend this rant because it's a sore subject.

I have a "carryon" bag that has served me on three continents. It's a backpack. Slap it in the overhead bin, shove it to one side, take your seat. If it requires wheels and extensible handles to navigate through an airport, or requires the assistance of the 6'3" guy to get it up there... It is no longer a carryon.
 
2014-08-12 01:48:47 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Who takes four hats on vacation?


Idiots that were read "Go Dogs, Go" too many times.
 
2014-08-12 01:49:38 PM  
Regardless of this loophole, the weight limit on checked luggage still isn't dumber than the TSA requiring your liquids and gels go in a plastic bag for "security" reasons.
 
2014-08-12 01:56:22 PM  

vento: Satanic_Hamster: Here's what I don't like:
I fly first class if the price differential isn't that great and if it's a long flight.  Delta gives you four free checked bags for first class, at around 60# each.  However, if you only bring one bag and it's over 60, they want extra money.

Which is bullshiat.

Do you want to be the person on the ramp that has to load your luggage?  That's generally the purpose of the weight limits.  If you get four free bags at 60lbs each, it doesn't mean you can bring one steamer trunk at 240lbs and say it's the same thing.


Bags generally go from the counter to a crate via conveyor belts. That crate then gets loaded on the plance. People are still needed but they don't load the plane bag by bag.
 
2014-08-12 01:57:17 PM  

vudukungfu: you only need to pack one hat. A fedora.


A man doesn't pack a fedora, he wears it.
 
2014-08-12 02:09:05 PM  

Fear the Clam: vudukungfu: you only need to pack one hat. A fedora.

A man doesn't pack a fedora, he wears it.


No man wears a Fedora.
 
2014-08-12 02:13:42 PM  

maxheck: Dr Dreidel:

Isn't the whole "weight limit" thing a throwback to the days when it actually mattered how much weight was on the plane? And that extra weight was on the plane anyway, since these guys wore that extra clothing on the same flight their bags were traveling in.

The vestigial obsession over weight has become a cash-grab based on weight.

// this isn't news to anyone who flies

It's an easy $25 for the airline, and $50 if you plan to return, which I would assume most people do.

What pisses me off is how people now use that as a reason to treat what any sane person would check as a "carryon." It seems every flight I'm on they announce "This flight will be full" and ask if you want to check bags at the ramp because every idiot wants to put a bag big enough to hold a third-world nation in the overhead bins.

I'm 6'3" and tend to carry paying client's laptops. I can't ramp-check, and I do not want to put something under the seat ahead of me on an X hour flight.


What was worse was my last flight. They said that they thought there would be enough room for bags, so they didn't offer free gate checking. Those in the last boarding group were screwed.
 
2014-08-12 02:15:11 PM  

maxheck: I'm just going to extend this rant because it's a sore subject.

I have a "carryon" bag that has served me on three continents. It's a backpack. Slap it in the overhead bin, shove it to one side, take your seat. If it requires wheels and extensible handles to navigate through an airport, or requires the assistance of the 6'3" guy to get it up there... It is no longer a carryon.


I sort of get where you're coming from, but I've also seen plenty of people who overstuff their backpack, assume it will fit, and then end up taking more space in the overhead.  Hell, I used to do that exact thing.  Now I have a rolling bag that can carry twice what my backpack could and, because it's designed to fit perfectly in an overhead bin, it fits perfectly in the overhead bin.
 
2014-08-12 02:23:05 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: What's with the fedora thing?

I keep seeing it, but can't suss it out.


oh, Milady.
 
2014-08-12 02:39:32 PM  
And...............hat's the joke.
 
2014-08-12 02:41:19 PM  

maxheck: No man wears a Fedora.


Not now, they don't. It's straw hat season.
 
2014-08-12 03:55:02 PM  

Tobin_Lam: vento: Satanic_Hamster: Here's what I don't like:
I fly first class if the price differential isn't that great and if it's a long flight.  Delta gives you four free checked bags for first class, at around 60# each.  However, if you only bring one bag and it's over 60, they want extra money.

Which is bullshiat.

Do you want to be the person on the ramp that has to load your luggage?  That's generally the purpose of the weight limits.  If you get four free bags at 60lbs each, it doesn't mean you can bring one steamer trunk at 240lbs and say it's the same thing.

Bags generally go from the counter to a crate via conveyor belts. That crate then gets loaded on the plance. People are still needed but they don't load the plane bag by bag.


Containerized baggage is generally for jumbo jets and international travel. Something like a 737 or A320 doesn't do it that way. Watch ramp work for most domestic flights. There's a conveyor belt to move the bags from ground level to hold, but there's still a human being putting the bag onto that belt, and taking it off up top.
 
2014-08-12 04:03:11 PM  
shut_it_down:

maxheck: I'm just going to extend this rant because it's a sore subject.

I have a "carryon" bag that has served me on three continents. It's a backpack. Slap it in the overhead bin, shove it to one side, take your seat. If it requires wheels and extensible handles to navigate through an airport, or requires the assistance of the 6'3" guy to get it up there... It is no longer a carryon.

I sort of get where you're coming from, but I've also seen plenty of people who overstuff their backpack, assume it will fit, and then end up taking more space in the overhead. Hell, I used to do that exact thing. Now I have a rolling bag that can carry twice what my backpack could and, because it's designed to fit perfectly in an overhead bin, it fits perfectly in the overhead bin.


Well, you're probably not the sort of person I'm grumping about, and thanks. But then there's all the people who can't pack their bags in the overhead, rectangular or not.
 
2014-08-12 04:46:50 PM  
I'm going to make up Max's Law of Carryons here...

If you can pick it up one-handed and stuff it in a bin over your head, it's a carryon.

If not, Max will beat you up at 10,000 feet.
 
2014-08-12 05:01:37 PM  
It is amazing the amount of weight a curb side bag check guy can forgive for a ten dollar bill.
 
2014-08-12 06:19:58 PM  

jclaggett: Tobin_Lam: vento: Satanic_Hamster: Here's what I don't like:
I fly first class if the price differential isn't that great and if it's a long flight.  Delta gives you four free checked bags for first class, at around 60# each.  However, if you only bring one bag and it's over 60, they want extra money.

Which is bullshiat.

Do you want to be the person on the ramp that has to load your luggage?  That's generally the purpose of the weight limits.  If you get four free bags at 60lbs each, it doesn't mean you can bring one steamer trunk at 240lbs and say it's the same thing.

Bags generally go from the counter to a crate via conveyor belts. That crate then gets loaded on the plance. People are still needed but they don't load the plane bag by bag.

Containerized baggage is generally for jumbo jets and international travel. Something like a 737 or A320 doesn't do it that way. Watch ramp work for most domestic flights. There's a conveyor belt to move the bags from ground level to hold, but there's still a human being putting the bag onto that belt, and taking it off up top.


This. I've only flown from one shiatty american state to another; I have literally never seen a 'crate' of suitcases on a conveyor belt. Dudes with hunchbacks schlupping bags one-by-one.
 
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