United’s New Bag Policy Spurs Personal Packing Crisis

Posted February 22, 2008 by Heather Gilbert

Baggagepackingonbeddef 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 Airlinesnew 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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Reader Comments

How am I going to fit a jewel-thieving dwarf AND my 10 rompers in just ONE suitcase?!

Posted on February 22, 2008 at 11:54 AM by Erin

that's just silly...everyone knows full length kimonos can only travel in a garment bag!

Posted on February 24, 2008 at 05:40 PM by justin and joe

Why stop at charging once on the plane. Why not start with, pay seating at the gate. Extra for the express boarding lane.
Last passenger boarding fine, etc.

Posted on October 17, 2008 at 03:37 AM by Jet

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