Seven Deadly Sins of Air Travel Passengers

I don’t usually link to the same site twice in a week, but FareCompare has its list of seven no-nos for air travelers that I think are pretty spot on (http://www.farecompare.com/articles/how-to-shop/top-worst-passengers-planes/).

Some of the things on the list are kind of silly (“don’t drool on your neighbor”), but on the top of the list? Not packing lightly. Here’s what the list says:

“There’s a lesson in that for all of us: pack right, and pack light. And use a carryon—this one simple act can save a family of four $200 on a flight. And if you must check a bag, keep it under 50 lbs—the overweight bag fees are a killer.”

By the way, my mom, on her recent trip to Japan, went nuts buying an entire suitcase full of second-hand books (Japanese books are, as you can imagine, more expensive in the U.S.). She was giddy at saving so much money, but it turns out a suitcase full of books weighs more than 50 pounds. She wound up having to pay a huge overweight bag fee, so she didn’t save nearly as much money as she initially thought.

Number 4 on the list is also appropriate: Don’t be a “bin hog.” Hey look, exactly what I was talking about. Here’s what the list says:

“We’ve all seen these bin hogs, who take up way more than their share of a plane’s overhead compartment bag space. My two biggest pets peeves involve people who  pull your carefully folded blazer out of the bin to make room for their own things, then stuff it back in, rendering the jacket completely unwearable—and those who try to jam too-big bags into too-small spaces, knowing that a flight attendant will remove and check the bag, at no charge to them.

“Mostly what I hate is how long it takes the bin hogs to get themselves situated, time that could be spent getting us to our destination, with an on-time arrival.”

The point?

  • Be a “traveliter” – packing lightly so you only have to take your carry-on.
  • Don’t be a “traveloader” – overstuffing your carry-on or using too big a bag as your carry-on and knowingly abuse the system.