According to a recent article on MSNBC, major airlines are considering charging for oversized carry-on bags. The idea would be to discourage passengers from bringing bags onto the plane that won’t fit in the overhead bin, with the fee around $25. Alaska Airlines is already doing this. (Pictured: Overpacking, courtesy of the Home Warrior.)
The article makes it seem like customers would freak out if this happened, and would just see this fee as another way for airlines to make a buck any way they can. The airline spokespeople perpetuate this, not wanting to admit considering this fee. But you know what? This is one fee that I can fully get behind.
We’ve all been on flights that were delayed because too many people tried to carry-on, there wasn’t enough space, and gate-checking chaos ensued. A lot of people are bringing bags on board that are perfectly sized for the overhead bins—but a lot of people, either purposely or not, are bringing bags that are way too large to fit. Or bags that take up significantly more than their allotted space. Airlines charge extra for oversize or too heavy checked bags—why wouldn’t they do the same for carry-on?
Comments on the article complained that this would delay boarding even more. And it might, initially. But it would discourage people from trying to bring on too much. Then there are the people who use this as a money saving strategy—bringing on a bag that they know is too big, so that they can gate check and avoid paying checked bag fees. (Don’t even get me started on those people!!) Charging a fee would definitely discourage that practice.
How would the logistics work? I I have no idea. But I’m sure the airlines could figure it out.
Readers, what do you think? Are fees for oversized carry-on bags a good idea?