During the holidays I had the pleasure of flying to a warm weather destination...although it turned out to be NOT much warmer than HERE!
I checked in at the airport...payed my baggage fees...and headed to the gate. I was surprised to see the number of "over-sized" bags in the hands of travelers getting on the plane. Then it dawned on me...they were avoiding the fees for checked bags and hoping to find room in the overhead.
Now, here is where it gets interesting.
MANY people could not find room in the overhead (and often the bag didn't fit in the bin). The flight attendants then offered to check the bags at the boarding door and promised people's bags would be waiting for them when they de-planed. I even watched people not even try to find a spot in the overhead bins...just handed the flight crew their bags as they got on the plane.
Here I am, with countless other travelers, (having played by the RULES and PAID our baggage fees) watching others DELAY our departure by the "baggage con" being played AND not paying like the rest of us!
I watched the same "game" on our way home!
My fix is this...use the credit card scanner they use to charge you for the $5 snack box or beverage...and start charging the cheaters! I am surprised the airlines haven't figured out the chaos and deception they created AND are not enforcing or fixing!