You Can’t Take it With You

Everyone who has flown on a plane is familiar with the safety videos that are played before takeoff. It appears, though, that during emergencies, passengers are ignoring the message when it comes to leaving your carry-on luggage behind.

In an article this week in Bloomberg, Adam Levin and Mary Schlangenstein report on the trend of passengers slowing down emergency evacuations by attempting to bring their carry-on luggage along with them.

Federal investigators are reportedly perplexed as to why passengers would attempt to bring their baggage with them during an emergency evacuation. Regulators are at a loss as to how to fix this problem involving “human behavior.”

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Our suggestion? Perhaps if airlines did not charge for the first checked bag, like they used to, passengers would be less inclined to stuff all of their valuables and necessities into a single carry-on out of sheer desperation and feel the need to bring it with them during an emergency evacuation.

Until that time, passengers should always follow crew member instructions, especially during an emergency. If you want a brief refresher, or maybe just a good laugh, watch this safety video from Turkish Airlines.

Have you experienced issues with baggage on flights? Let us know in the leave-a-comment at FlyersRights.org.

Remember Passengers-

Bring Your National Security Documents With You When You Deplane

This might make you feel better about that time you accidentally left a book or headphones on a plane.

CNN reported on Monday that, in December 2017, a passenger accidentally left behind “documents critiquing the response to a simulated anthrax attack on Super Bowl Sunday [that] were marked ‘For Official Use Only’ and ‘important for national security.'”

According to a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson, “This exercise was a resounding success and was not conducted in response to any specific, credible threat of a bioterrorism attack.”

So, the next time you leave your tablet or book behind on your flight, just know it could have been much worse.

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True Cost of Ballooning US Fares Revealed

When you’re used to round trip flights costing $1000 and up, an international flight to Rome and back for around $400 can seem… foreign.

But that’s exactly what Norwegian Air is offering: a nonstop flight from Oakland to Rome at a fare unimaginable in America, even for most domestic flights.

The disconnect between fares for international air travel and pricing within the US isn’t new, but it’s become particularly dramatic in recent months as domestic carriers American, Delta and United have continued to skyrocket both prices and fees.

Meanwhile, Norwegian’s fares offer a rare glimpse into a world of competitive pricing — one that hasn’t existed in America for quite some time.

But this all might be about to change. Recently, some fares have started to decline in response to new overseas competition.

Of course, US travelers should still remain vigilant about the true costs of overseas travel, especially as the exchange rates of dollars to foreign currencies plummet.

But if you’re looking for a less inflated fare when flying internationally, sometimes it’s out there — you just have to look outside the US first.

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