• Carry-on items create conflict for airline passengers

    2009-11-16

    With economic downturn reducing the number of travelers taking trips this holiday season, airlines have been forced to make cuts both in the number of flights and the size of planes. The reduced capacity is creating quite a stir among passengers who now find space for carry-on items coming at a premium.

    The shrink in space has caused a bit of an uproar among frequent fliers and occasional travelers, creating a hostile environment on message boards across numerous travel sites.

    "Business travelers do this every day," said Joe Brancatelli, owner and operator of a popular travel blog site. "They know the rules of the sizes they're allowed to carry. They know the size of the space available to them on the plane they're flying, and they're prepared to hit the rules. What bugs them is when someone else doesn't know the rules."

    Several airlines are currently imposing stricter weight and size restrictions on luggage, with SmarterTravel.com reporting that some are even charging baggage fees for multiple items.

    Educated travelers may find it best to research the particular restrictions placed on the airline being traveled.

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