united to charge passengers extra to use overhead lockers
says you'll only be allowed to used the overhead bins if you have a certain class of ticket
Not sure how they check
Travellers reacted with anger over the decision, with some calling for a boycott of the airline, and now the outcry has reached US Congress.
“It’s one of the most restrictive policies on airline passengers we have seen in a long time,” said Chuck Schumer, a New York Senator.
“The overhead bin is one of the last sacred conveniences of air travel and the fact that United Airlines – and potentially others – plan to take that convenience away unless you pay up is really troubling. It seems like each year, airlines devise a new, ill-conceived plan to hit consumers and it has simply got to stop.”
another reason for flying united.
1. United charges for checked luggage and what do people do? Passengers buy & stuff giant suitcases that over-fill the bins causing delays and frustrations among later-boarding passengers.
2. So now United is going to charge for carry-ons for those later-boarding passengers which will hopefully rebalance the ratio of checked & carry-on luggage.
Part of the problem is baked into the economics of air travel. For the airline, every added kilo costs them money in added fuel , every added minute of boarding time costs them money on lower aircraft utilization, and every added bag to the belly costs them labor and foregone revenues of belly freight. From that standpoint, it's only fair that people with checked bags or carry-ons should pay more than people without.
Where the airlines have failed is in how they frame these differentials from a human psychological point of view. If, for example, airline tickets included two free checked bags and one free carry-on (YAY!) but then the airline offered a rebate for not checking or carrying-on bags, nobody would bat an eye. The net financial effect is the same (laden passengers pay more including for carry-on bags) but it does not feel like an infringement.