After two days in the air flying Sydney to Bangkok, then to Narita then Chicago our last leg home to Savannah was on a regional jet booked to capacity. No bump, but full.
After we had boarded and the door was closed the attendant notified us that not all the gate checked carry on bags made it on the plane. Now I’m really confused here? Help me out. Little green tag on United, red on American and pink on Delta that we drop off at the boarding door did not make it on the plane?
We haul all our stuff around in carry on bags so we don’t have to risk the airline losing our luggage and now I find out that they didn’t load all the gate checked carry on bags? What is going on here? Why wouldn’t they offload some of the checked bags and deliver them the next day to those poor unfortunates that check their bags? We never check bags. It is too risky and takes too much time.
Are the domestic airlines really that screwed up? Katy and I live one hour away from the Savannah Airport and it was almost 11 PM on arrival. Worst of all I left my car in the airport parking lot and my keys were in my gate checked carry on bag. If the bag didn’t show up, I’d be renting a hotel room and waiting a day at the airport for the next United flight to deliver my gate checked carry on bag and car keys so I could then drive home?
I put my car keys in my carry on so I don’t lose them in a hotel room, have them fall out of my pocket in an airline seat. Our prescriptions we carry to our seats with us in our day packs along with our itineraries and hotel documents.
Am I crazy here or have any others of you been afraid of losing your gate checked carry on bags? We flew for two hours not knowing if our particular bags made it on board, then it seemed like another day or two (well it felt that way) as we watched the baggage carousel spin away hoping we weren’t stuck in Savannah for the night awaiting the next flight from Chicago.
Our gate checked bags did make it and we ran like hell to get out of that baggage area. I’d hate to be in the position of having to work that one out with those that were not so lucky. Is the whole point of carry on and gate checking so the bags don’t get lost. Don’t count on it.
Live and learn.