Too many carry-ons? That'll cost you.

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  1. Wandering Aramean
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    Sitting at BUR this morning waiting for my flight out on UA I was listening to the AA gate agent making the usual announcements. She got to the one about permitted carry-ons and noted the 1+1 rule and suggested that folks consolidate down to meet that requirement. She went on to say that anyone with more should approach the podium to have one checked. And that they should bring their CC to pay the appropriate fee. :oops:

    Is this a standard policy for AA or just one GA sick of folks trying to skirt the rules?
     
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    If the GA was serious this is certainly new. :confused:
     
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    Some agents all over go crazy on carry ons. I've had UA agents at CLE a couple of years ago give that speech
     
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    Sometimes the gate agent sees 50-60 passengers ready-to-board with Winnebago sized baggage. For example, a school hockey team wanted to carry-on their athletic bags and there was no way even if they sawed their bags in half that the bags would fit in a "baggage sizer". The gate agent wanted to proactively eliminate a potential problem before boarding.
     
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    Obviously, but typically they do not take payment at the gate for gate checking. I believe that's the anomaly being addressed.

    We've all heard the speech about carry on allowance just about every time we fly, but how often has the GA told you to whip out your CC to do it?
     
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    There's a difference between gate checking because the overheads are full and gate checking because you have three bags when the allowance is two. If you come to the gate with three large bags, I think they are justified in charging you to check one.
     
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    But the question is do they typically do this? Don't think anyone thinks its unjustified, just that its a departure from standard activity.

    I've never seen it.
     
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    100% agree.
     
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    Nice to see someone actually trying to enforce airline rules. Why would anyone be surprised. Policy is 2 total pieces on board, so why would people be shocked when be asked to pay to check item #3? Though maybe not enforced actively, the airlines reserve the right to enforce it. Its right there for the pax read about in the terms and conditions of a fare. It would be nice to eliminate the knuckle heads trying to roll down the aisle bouncing their 4 pieces luggage off everyone near them and then hearing them complain how theres no room for their roller, their duffel bag and potato sack sized purse and security pillow/blanket.
     
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    That's true, Wandering Aramean's report is the first I've heard. But, the recent reports of AA minions enforcing carryon limits at the entrance to security show that they do care about the problem and are trying to address it.
     
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    AA out of all airlines realizes the dire financial straits they're facing, so passenger level management is probably being asked to make sure that all revenue generating policies are being executed upon.
     
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    I'd wager that this would be more of a new policy than an existing policy that was not being executed. If it was an existing policy I'm sure it would have cropped up from time to time or at least been discussed on the standard FF boards. I haven't heard of any chatter on gate checking fees for more than 2 items previously.

    Or not.

    Or this could just be a rogue AAgent. Time will tell. :eek:
     
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    honestly, I'd like to see UA come up with something similar. Pax are taking very liberal interpretation about what carry ons are, and how many "2" actually means.
     
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    So my suitcase, laptop bag, dog carrier, and accordion are too much? :cool:
     
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    I had a couple UA/CO agents (I honestly can't remember which) do this on two flights in the last month. But they were really full. I think it depends on how busy they are and the demands for space.
     
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    I have also never seen it.
     
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    unless you can whip out a great little polka on board, then yes, the accordion would be a bit much.... :)
     
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    sounds like new enforcement of existing regs
    and I for one support it whole heartedly....
     
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    Will you also support is so strongly when it means that the "normal" 22" that fits just fine in the bins but which is actually larger than the prescribed size of permissible carry-on bags gets denied? There have been some quite contentious discussions on that topic in the past.
     
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    Took an SFO-IAH flight that was packed to the gills recently, and they offered to gate-check bags for free in order to save space and speed boarding. As 744 mentions, they're not hurting for cash in the same way that AA might be.

    Edit: Er, like _kurt said...
     
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    No offense to anyone here or anywhere but 1+1 means you're taking 1+1 onboard... if you have more than 1+1 just follow the rules that YOU and the airline agreed to when you purchased the ticket...
    Most of us here have status that gives us free checked baggage allowance, make use of it.

    If the employees are enforcing said rules, then quit whining and moaning because you're not in the right about it...
     
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    Amen!
     
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    One thing I love about SQ is that whenever I have domestic UA connection before getting on SQ, I can get away with 2 carry-on and a laptop briefcase.. :p
     
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    Like I said, it's not common, but I've seen it during boarding when they have time to stop someone at the gate and send them back to the podium. If they're in a rush, it's much easier to tag everyone's bag and throw 'em in the baggage hold without processing 20 credit cards.
     
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    To be clear this is behavior you've seen on UA/CO correct? Not on AA?
     
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