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Rantings and Ravings

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My mother just came for a visit. She flew in from Minneapolis. She made it just hours before they imposed the new security rules.

Of course my feelings are that if they just enforced the carry on bag rules they already had in place, it would be easier to screen the stuff going through.

When is the last time you saw any one use the measuring bin placed by the check in line to see if their carry on was too big? I have never seen an airline representative make some one use them either. I guess they are merely a suggestion of what may be too big.

The advent of wheeled carry on has really allowed people to push the limits of size. These things come with a pull out rack on which you can strap other bags. This seems to let people take two or three bags on and count them as one carry on item.

These over sized items make boarding a real nightmare. Not only do they bang almost everyone already seated as their owners fight their way down the isle, but then they can take up almost a whole overhead bin by themselves.

I have witnessed fights break out as one person moves another person's stuff, just to make room for their own bag. One small little lady was so upset that there wasn't room for her bag in the overhead directly over her seat, that she almost got thrown off the plane. She muttered about the rules the entire three hour flight. I know because she was sitting in the seat right behind me.

I used to carry on much of my luggage because I have had some experiences with lost luggage. I pack pretty light and tight so I can get a week's worth of stuff in a small duffle bag. But I quit doing that after 9/11 and have not resumed the practice.

I guess I can understand that if you know someone is going to look at what you packed, it is better to watch them x-ray it then know there is some unknown person touching every item you packed in your checked luggage.

The airline industry has allowed us to push the limits just like the grocery stores choose not to enforce their "12 items or less rules" in the check out stand.

The difference in what the airlines do, however, is our security.

I hope next time any of you fly, you will consider these things while you are deciding how much you will carry on.

For the rest of you, don't make me count your items at the grocery store when you're ahead of me.

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