Articles tagged “baggage”

Ryanair’s Latest Fee Targets Carry-Ons With Wheels

Ryanair’s Latest Fee Targets Carry-Ons With Wheels

Anthony Palazzo, Bloomberg

Flyers always hate a new restriction, but this is a valid question: Would you rather leave on time, or have more liberty with your carry-on?

10 months ago

Customers Cram Carry-Ons as U.S. Airlines Look the Other Way

Customers Cram Carry-Ons as U.S. Airlines Look the Other Way

Micheline Maynard, Skift

Don’t look for airlines to impose weight limits on carry-on bags anytime soon, even though jet fuel prices are climbing and heavier loads eat up fuel.

10 months ago

Luxury Luggage Brand Rimowa Wants to Sell More Than Suitcases

Luxury Luggage Brand Rimowa Wants to Sell More Than Suitcases

Joao Lima, Bloomberg

Sales of Rimowa's grooved aluminum suitcases are growing by an estimated 30 percent a year. But brand extensions beyond luggage could turn out to be a case study in dreams that go undelivered.

1 year ago

Southwest Quarrels With Competitors Over New Lost-Bag Math Rules

Southwest Quarrels With Competitors Over New Lost-Bag Math Rules

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

American and United go so far as to claim that there are no “quantifiable, or even unquantifiable, public benefits” of the government reporting on how many bags U.S. airlines lose and mishandle. Well, those reports help consumers make informed decisions.

1 year ago

Airlines Fail to Convince Flyers to Abandon Bags in Emergencies

Airlines Fail to Convince Flyers to Abandon Bags in Emergencies

Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Maybe the adversarial relationship between flyers and airlines doesn't help here. Flyers assume airlines enjoy screwing them on everything from fare to legroom. But everyone wants to live, including pilots and crew, so in an emergency passengers need to put down the bag and flee.

1 year ago

The Luggage Industry Keeps Adding Tech Gimmicks to Boost Sales

The Luggage Industry Keeps Adding Tech Gimmicks to Boost Sales

Sean O'Neill, Skift

At this year's annual travel goods industry conference, it's obvious that the hot trend among manufacturers is to add USB ports, battery packs, and location-aware beacons to their luggage.

2 years ago

U.S. Senate Bill Pushes for Checked Bag Fee Refunds if the Bag Is Lost

U.S. Senate Bill Pushes for Checked Bag Fee Refunds if the Bag Is Lost

Steven T. Dennis, Bloomberg

This would appear to be a no-brainer, especially from a passenger experience angle. What better way to make people less mad about you losing their bag than refunding them the $50 or so they spent for you to take care of it?

3 years ago

British Airways Begins Crackdown as Luggage Woes Go International

British Airways Begins Crackdown as Luggage Woes Go International

Grant Martin, Skift

IATA had a good idea, it just didn't implement it with any authority.

4 years ago

IATA Pauses Cabin OK Carry-On Baggage Proposal After Consumer Confusion

IATA Pauses Cabin OK Carry-On Baggage Proposal After Consumer Confusion

Marisa Garcia, Skift

You won! Your larger bags are just as OK to fly with as they were all along. And for the dozen of you forced to check yours because someone else brought a too big bag? Well, nothing's changed here either.

4 years ago

Can a Universal Luggage Size Make the Carry-on Process Better?

Can a Universal Luggage Size Make the Carry-on Process Better?

Marisa Garcia, Skift

Considering the low margins they make flying us where we're headed, airlines are smart to seek other sources of revenue through travel-related merchandise.

4 years ago

Do Luggage Guarantees Really Matter?

Do Luggage Guarantees Really Matter?

Grant Martin, Skift

This short-term promotion has half-baked written all over it.

4 years ago

United Brings Self-Service Bag-Tagging to O’Hare Airport

United Brings Self-Service Bag-Tagging to O’Hare Airport

Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune

It's only a matter a time before DIY bag-tagging is an option for all airlines as it generally speeds up the check-in process for flyers and airline staff.

5 years ago