Ever think your luggage doesn’t weigh as much as the scale says? You might be right. GMA did some investigating.

  1. Swamp Rat says:

    Here’s a solution to the extra baggage charges and related problems: Remember back in the 1960’s & early 1970’s airline restricted baggage/luggage weights to set global airline standards. [The IATA regulatory convention of 1956+(?)] The regulations were printed on every printed NCR style airline ticket voucher.

    First Class and regular passenger ticket holders could carry so much weight in their luggage for check in as well as one carry-on piece of luggage. Extra weight or extra pieces of luggage were charged excess accordingly. There were almost no exceptions except for G.I.’s/military personnel on orders. Even then GI’s had to check in their duffel bags and luggage except for a garment bag, holding their dress uniforms, and carry-on bag. Passengers with disabilities were boarded first again adhering to regulations and they too had to check in non-essential baggage. If luggage could be checked in the better it was for all.

    Why in heaven’s name do passengers have to carry all their baggage into the passenger compartments of an aircraft is beyond reason. I’ve even seen a guy carry-on an “anvil” before airline personnel told him to check it in! Passengers don’t get this carried away with luggage on trains, buses, or ships.

    Do we need all the stuff we pack? If so, extra charges should be standardized throughout the industry like previously set forward.

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