Flying Tips – #2 Cabin Baggage

by admin on March 16, 2012

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Plane Flying in the Sky
The manufactured peace of a flight is yours to make what you want of it (after all you made the flight booking in the first place) . Think of it as the interim before landing in a new destination. Give up worries, nothing can happen to your luggage. No amount of fretting can ensure the car and driver arriving on time to fetch you. Professionals are at the control in the flight, you do not have to think of lowering the landing flap or setting the altimeter and flight plan! This is your ‘down’ time. To relax, churn ideas over and make something of the flight!

Airline cabin CrewLet’s start with the checking-in of the luggage. Most feel carrying over-sized overnighters is the solution to a quick exit! But hey! The times they have changed! Unless if you are flying in from overseas, and arriving at Delhi, where every piece is x-rayed, usually there is hardly any delay in the luggage arriving at the carousel. And having your hands freed from carrying, opening at security checks and dismissing the stress of having a place in the overhead bin in the cabin sets you up for the flight. The worst opening move would be to find the bin overloaded and as you move a bag to make place for your own over-sized bag, the distressed owner rises in defense. Gentle altercation later when the cabin crew has found a solution, placing your bag a little further away where she adjusts a few bags and makes space and you settle in to your seat, you discover the person you had crossed swords with is now your neighbor for the flight! The cold vibes can be a significant spoiler. Then of course you keep your eye on your bag, since many valuables are there behind the flimsy zip with no lock to give your mind peace. So every passenger who rises to riffle through the bin in search of their own bag becomes a potential suspect keeping you on tenterhooks. Soon as the plane is finally parked you rise with all the first lot of ‘Jack in the box’ and make a dash for your bag, colliding in your single-minded task with other similarly inclined passengers. Having finally retrieved the bag and got yourself a foot-space that doesn’t allow you to stretch to your full height, you stand head cocked, trying your best not to crash in to other bag retrievers. Meanwhile you discover the stairs are not yet fitted and there’s a slight technical hitch, which will be “sorted out in seconds”! So you stand in the posture of frozen dancer in mid movement.

In other words, if you get the drift, avoid carrying large unwieldy cabin baggage, you are much better off checking it in. Because when you finally emerge in to the terminal building you realize the luggage from your flight is already on the carousel drifting by. Reminding you, to check-in your baggage next time round.

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