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02 May 2014 @ 06:21 am
Industrial-Strength Stupid  
Net neutrality and airplane boarding

Thanx to Boing Boing
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BritHistorianbrithistorian on May 2nd, 2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
I had noticed the airplane boarding stupidity while traveling this week. "Let's put the people in the front of the plane in first, then try to shove those in the back past them." Of course, I also noticed that when I picked up my boarding pass, the airline computer not only tried to upsell me to first class (not missing a chance to ask for extra money!) but also tried to get me to pay a fee to be able to board the plane earlier. I declined both options.

Where I was most forcibly struck with the stupidity, though, was when we were getting ready to board one of my flights and they gate agent announced "Because we have a full flight, we need some volunteers to check their carry-on bags." This very much seemed to me to be a result of a lack of planning on the part of the airlines when they set the allowable size of carry-on bags - it should have been a pretty routine calculation of available carry-on luggage space divided by number of passengers. Of course, if the airlines hadn't decided to start charging for a first checked bag, there'd probably be a lot less luggage being carried on.

And all of this, of course, is completely peripheral to the article you linked, but it's all still fresh on my mind so I wanted to talk about it.