Kongo travels more than 200,000 miles on domestic flights within the USA along with a few passport-stamping expeditions overseas each year. As a very frequent flier, recurrent car renter, and serial hotel guest he has picked up a few useful tips and pet peeves about navigating airports, airplanes, rental car counters, hotel check-ins, and getting around in strange places.
A previous post addressed Kongo’s Jungle Rules in Airports. Today he tackles carry on luggage.
Carry on luggage. You don’t have to be tuned in to the jungle drum relay system to know that airplanes are crowded these days. Kongo is usually on four planes a week and ALL of them are completely full. This means that that there is not going to be enough room in the overhead bins for everyone to put all their gear up top and the stuff that does find a spot in the overhead is going to get squashed, squeezed, and banged as passengers try to use every bit of available space. So, unless you have a ticket in first class or a high boarding priority code you are going to be fretting about whether your to die for mother of the bride dress is going to be ruined. If you have a lousy boarding ticket, plan in advance and don’t pitch a fit on the plane if you your precious treasures won’t fit.