http://www.ausbt.com.au/dumping-lug...e-did-qantas-have-but-to-leave-baggage-behind Earlier this week Qantas deliberately left three containers of passengers' luggage at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) due to concerns over fuel consumption for the QF8 flight from DFW to Brisbane. But did Qantas really have a choice? That's an opinion being thrown around by some industry spectators, who claim the alternative was to risk ditching the plane into the sea, 200km off the Australian coastline. "Welcome to how airlines operate all throughout the world. I personally don't see this as controversial," wrote one member of the Australian Frequent Flyer forum. "Another boring aviation story that'll apply to one flight a year or DYKWIA [don't you know who I am] types who don't understand how the business works," suggested another. Aviation journalist Ben Sandilands, who has been reporting on the airline industry since 1960, emphatically rejects that proposition. Sandilands argues that Qantas management has been taking a foolhardy approach, ignoring the warnings of pilots that Qantas' 747 aircraft were unsuitable for the world's longest direct 747 route.