Toting our sizer fitting, weight reduced, carry-on bag, we’re confident it will easily fit in the overhead bin. If we choose to have a personal item it’s small enough to not only fit under the seat in front of us, but leave us enough room to extend our legs.
But as we board, we notice them. The baggage hogs. Those uncaring, rule breaking, inconsiderate passengers who knowingly take too much on board because they either don’t want to pay for checked bags or don’t really know how to pack.
We’ll watch with amazement as they get waved passed by the gate agent and then watch Mr. or Mrs. The Whole World Revolves Around Me take up an entire overhead bin with their over-sized carry-on bag, and their personal item large enough to match the dimensions of the allowed carry-on bag itself since it won’t fit under the seat in front of them.
Fortunately, one travel writer has had enough.
Spud Hilton, travel editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, has seen this too often and thinks it’s time we start shaming those who take advantage of the system.
Anytime you see a passenger past security with a carry-on bag that is obviously too big, he wants you to take a photo or video of the culprit and post it on Twitter, Instagram or Vine with the hashtag: #carryonshame.
Every week he’ll post the best on his Bad Lattitude blog at SFGate. He’ll also post them on Twitter and Instagram at @CarryOnShame.
If enough people do this, perhaps we can get the airlines to listen and start cracking down. A few have begun to, such as United, but even they aren’t enforcing it enough.
At least, we might be able to shame a few people to change their ways.
You can read Spud Hilton’s entire posting here.