How To Make It More Difficult For Airlines To Force You To Gate Check Your Carry On Bag

We all know that putting stuff in the overhead is the slowest part of getting everyone loaded into and settled onto the plane. On top of that, more and more people are bringing as much carry-on baggage as possible in an attempt to avoid baggage fees.  Airlines, in turn, are sometimes limiting who can bring what carry on bags intended for the overhead. I’ve already experienced this with Delta (when they wound up breaking something I had in my carry on bag that they insisted I check at the gate). I’d also bet you anything it was the same thing with the surly gate agents I experienced on American (this one and then this one) who tried to make me gate check my carry on bag.

However, a reader of ours recently told me how he and his wife rarely have to gate check their carry on baggage, regardless of airline or what loading group they’re in.

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Study: Planes Are Not Prepared For Kids’ Medical Emergencies, Including Allergic Reactions

Since 1986, the FAA has required that every domestic passenger-carrying airplane with a flight attendant must have an onboard emergency medical kit that has a variety of medications and supplies.

Unfortunately, few, if any of these supplies are appropriate for childrens’ usage, according to a recent study.

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Travel Safety Concerns? This Interactive Map Shows The Safest And Riskiest Places In The World For Travel

If you travel a lot, you know there are some places that may not be as safe as others. Your Mileage May Vary in terms of what you do with that knowledge. But whereas you may know that a particular country may have a high crime rate, you may not be so sure about how certain places rank if you needed emergency medical assistance or how safe their roads are. Well, there may not be an app for that…but there’s an interactive map for it!

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