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That’s some pretty intense criticism you have there. You’re taking your entire body of experiences and attitudes and comparing them to a few paragraphs I wrote on Reddit, then insulting me repeatedly. What I think is clear is that you and I don’t travel the same amount, to the same places, or under the same conditions. I considered not replying to you at all, but here it goes anyway.
It seems that you’ve never been to an airport that doesn’t have the ability to scan your smartphone. Yes, it’s true. Some airports are still in the dark ages. If you only travel to major hubs I suppose you might not encounter such things.
Also I don’t think you’ve ever had to change your ticket at the last second. They give you a paper ticket and many times that invalidates what you have on your phone.
Have you ever been to an airport that has terrible cell service? Happens all the time – I see people struggle with that constantly. If they forget to or don’t download the e-ticket to their phone or screenshot it, they’re at the mercy of whatever cell signal they can get. Those people also get paper tickets.
And yes, the gate agents do bitch about extra bags – no matter the size. I had that happen to me personally on a flight out of LAX about a month ago with a plastic bag containing only a Coke and a bag of chips. More recently I’ve seen it happen to others as well. Mostly happens to women and their purses, but they get pretty strict about it with everyone especially towards the end of the day.
The flight attendants do it too. One time I walked on a flight with my backpack, a roller bag, and my laptop in a sleeve with handles. The flight attendant told me to check my roller bag because I couldn’t carry on three bags. I told her that I would just put my laptop in the bag and she refused to let me. She told me federal regulations said what I was doing was illegal. Once you walk on a plane with three bags you can’t consolidate. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I knew that was bullshit. I tried reasoning with her about it, but she started raising her voice and eventually issued an ultimatum: Check your largest bag or get off the plane.
That was the last flight out on a Friday night and I’d been gone from home all week. If I stood my ground I’d miss my flight, get no refund, then have to find a hotel and another flight out the next day. I gave in to the little tyrant and checked my bag so I could go home.
Now if you’re carrying a backpack that allows you to put stuff in it in two seconds then that’s great for you. If you have checked your bag and only have the bare essentials you need for the flight, that’s awesome. Different people travel in different ways and that’s fine.
I have to travel with a 15″ laptop and many other devices required for my job. I put critical personal items in the backpack, like my toiletries, change of clothes, and a few other things. This all goes in an Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack. That bag is great because on an overnight or two-day trip it can carry everything I need.
For a 3-5 day trip I also carry a small duffel bag that contains the extra things I need. I only carry exactly what I need to look professional at the client for the exact amount of days of my trip. I want to spend the absolute least amount of time at every phase of my trip.
When a flight runs late, the connection is short, and I’m hungry I want to be able to grab my food without having to change anything. I want to get on the flight without a hassle from the flight attendant.
Honestly, if you traveled as much as I do and to where I have to go you’d know this. I can’t believe that as a frequent traveler you have never experienced what I described.