'Sydney Stand-Off' - Are Hand Luggage Limits Too Lax?

'Sydney Stand-Off' - Are Hand Luggage Limits Too Lax?

A recent article on the Australian news network, News.com.au, has re-sparked an ongoing gripe echoed by weary air travellers from across the globe: the pain of an over-filled overhead compartment.


Brian Crisp recounts the offending incident at Sydney Airport, in which a furore over a double-parked overhead bin was swiftly resolved by a quick-witted cabin crew member, who delivered the bag in question to the rear of the cabin, much to the inconvenience of its affronted owner.


Anecdotal evidence, while good for a laugh, is getting to the heart of a real issue in the airline industry, and one which is applying pressure in consumer airline choices.


Crisp remarks: 'No one wants to put baggage in the hold if they can avoid it. It is so much quicker to exit the airport if you don't have to wait for bags. So people are pushing the limits on what they can carry onboard.'


The carry-on restrictions are designed such that all passengers' luggage will fit into the cabin, removing the need for hold-ups and unnecessary stress on the journey.


Some airlines are already tightening up on those who ignore the restrictions, with Ryanair handing out £50 on-the-spot fines.


For the full article, see: http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advisor/what-a-carry-onbaggage-gripes/story-e6frfqfr-1226405710052