Carry-On Shame

it'll fitWe’ve all been there.

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.

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3 Responses to Carry-On Shame

  1. akros says:

    It is aggravating. We sat on the runway extra time while the FA asked passengers if she could move some of their small carryons out of one bin into another – just so someone’s HUGE bag could be placed horizontally in the overhead. It was a first class passenger’s bag. I wonder if the situation would have been different were it a coach class bag.

  2. Paula Bag Lass says:

    In 2012, on one of several Air Canada flights that year (Toronto – London), I was asked by the departure gate agent if I would volunteer to gate check my carry-on. I politely pointed out that it would be going under the seat not in an overhead, but also my bag was relatively small compared to some of the bags I could see from the desk. She said I had a good point and toddled off to ask the larger bag customers.
    In May my husband and I sat in our seats watching pax board and fight over bin space, we couldn’t believe the size of some of the bags……..amazing!

  3. gafer says:

    I was on a SW flight recently where a “gentleman” on my flight couldn’t fit his overstuffed bag in the overhead so he just climbed into a seat and left the bag in the isle for the FA’s to deal with.