Scrolling through twitter last night I saw that Jetstar are going to start checking carry on bags much more often. Checking the weight and size of bags after too many complaints that people are taking too long to get into their seats on planes and causing flights to be taking off late.
I cheered and clapped and danced a jig. I also know I might be the only one who did. Sorry. (not sorry)
I don't even fly all that often, but I am a stickler for bag rules.
On one recent flight I checked all my bags except my handbag and my small laptop bag. When I finally got to my seat in the depths of cattle class I could not even slide my laptop in the overhead locker. Two other people had filled it with their giant bags.
On the next flight there was a Grandma flying to see her grandkids, her bag was massive and I offered to help put it up for her, she couldn't even lift her bag it was so massive, possibly filled with treats for those kids, but whatever, check that luggage.
I am not really fussed on the weight of your bag, if your bag is small but filled with kinetic sand and weighs 12 kilos, carry on. But if you are taking carry on bags, you need to take a small bag, that fits in the little bag checker thingo.
I too hate waiting at the baggage terminal for my bags while the taxi line gets longer and longer.
I also hate how you have to pay extra for doing the right thing and checking your bags into the underneath of the plane.
But that's the way things are. If you like to travel with extra shoes, you need to suck it up and follow the bag rules.
Now, if Jetstar could remove the totally ridiculous $8.50 per person, per flight credit card charge, I might really quite like them.