Posted February 22, 2008 by Heather Gilbert
One of my favorite movie scenes of all time is from Best in Show, when Scott Donlan (John Michael Higgins) unpacks the eight kimonos he has brought for his trip to the Mayfair Kennel Club Dog Show. Upon seeing this, his partner, Stefan Vanderhoof (Michael McKean) remarks snidely, “we're gonna be in Philadelphia for 48 hours, how many tea services can you do?” Ouch. I felt the sting. I’ve never gone on vacation and actually worn all the clothes I’ve packed. Most of my clothes are simply an insurance policy meant to cover my various whims and “what-ifs.” That’s why I was shocked to read of United Airlines’ new baggage policy. The long and the short of it is if you don’t have status in Mileage Plus or Star Alliance, you’re going to have to pony up $25 to check your second bag. Yes, your second bag. United will still let you check one bag for free, but let’s be honest, how many kimonos can you safely squeeze into one bag?
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