Carry-ons – an update

I posted about baggage fees some time ago, and this October 2013 Economist article talks about one airline that charges more for carry-ons than for checked luggage. What interested me most is that one of the many “new” fees – albeit optional – is one to jump the queue and board earlier than other passengers, presumably to have a better chance of finding an overhead bin to stuff your refrigerator sized luggage in. So, indirectly, airlines are charging for carry-ons. Unfortunately it still leaves many elephants determined to stuff their trunks into the full overhead bins, and then delaying departure because they end up checking the bag anyway.