Re: airlines make $5.7 billion profit on baggage fees
Posted by GES on 2011-08-02 19:22:54
in reply to Re: airlines make $5.7 billion profit on baggage fees posted by Carl Blackledge on 2011-08-01 11:28:09
|The common trundle bags that are very popular, can lead to unintended consequences. Those bags have wheels, and a back carrying a bag you put stuff in. The bags are designed to place on their back, and pack you stuff inside; QED.|
They WERE NOT designed for you to put your stuff in a pile, and then drop the bag down on top of your stuff; but that is exactly how both the airl;ine baggage handlers; and the TSA inspectors think they are intended to be used.
So they universally, and invariable toss your bag onto the ground or X-Ray machine, with all your stuff on the bottom and the bag on top, which usually is the wheels up position.
Yes of course they have this lame brain excuse that if they place the bag wheel side down, it is going to roll away, and end up out on the runway somewhere.
So imagine what happens, when your Pro-Trim Lion-Tamer is full of reels, and lures and stuff, and carefully laid in the bag, with your bubble wrapped rods underneath against the bag back where they are nice and safe. The PTLT has a rigid base that PRO-trudes an inch all the way round the tube, and that sits against the back brace rail(s), whi8ch keeps it safely up off your rods.
When they throw your bag down on the ground, back and wheels down; (they NEVER do), the back cushions the blow from all the weigth in the tube, and everything survives.
When they throw your bag down on the bag side; (they ALWAYS do) wheels up, the rigid Tamer base hits the concrete, and everything stops suddenly, and the oppossite side of the rigid base (PTLT) crushes the tubular metal back rib(s) that contain the exetender handle(s) for trundling, so it no longer can be extended.
The handlers destroyed the extender trundle handle on my very expensive Swiss Army Knife Trundle bag, by throwing the bag on the ground on its face.
I managed to remove the entire mechanism, from the bag, so I could replace it if I could purchase a replacement. I could probably take the dents out of it so it works again; but I was unable to figure out how to take it apart, although it looks as if it should be duck soup to dismantle. Ther's some trick, I haven't been able to figure out, to remove the end cap, so the innards can be taken out and the spinal tube could be straightened out fairly easily then.
So next time you watch your bag come down the Carousal Chute on its face; just imagine the damage that could be done to your stuff inside, and think about that next time you pack. Thanks a bunch, Horizone Air !