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September 2, 2010 3:40 am

I can see many sides to this issue as well as other issues that need to be addressed.

In regards to the problems herein, airlines are getting away with charging for things that used to be included. Frankly, I want them to just drop all these extra fees and get back to the simpler times.

Charging now for checked bags, pillows, close to the front seating, etc, it is getting out of hand. Now with some airlines getting away with charging for carry-ons, it has gone too far. Passengers have to carry a bag for security of their own money, wallet, keys, tickets, etc. When I fly, I do not want more to remember to do, such as booking food, and pillows and asking for such things. The flight attendants are already busy enough, stressed to the max by passengers and the airline they work for already.… more »

…We just say one fly off the handle here a few weeks ago, I don’t blame the poor guy, something happened that pushed him over the edge, but we don’t need more flight attendants feeling over burdened by passengers having to ask for all this stuff. Moreover, as a flyer, frankly I don’t want to have to ask for it, I am already tired, when I get on board I just want to relax, flying is already stressful enough.

The airlines need to get back to similar times, no more charging for these things. It is not about disclosing them, although anything they change MUST be disclosed before hand, but really, this goes back to my original point, I don’t want more stuff to read, more disclosures to understand, more researching about which airlines do what, it is enough already, I cannot handle anymore of this.

The charging of carry-ons is the straw that broke my back and the reason why I am writing.

I agree with mthornt1 in some respects, and was going to comment about this issue also. What I notice is that passengers are bringing on suitcases that do not fit in the overhead bins, how are they getting away with this? Those things are hard cased, heavy and frankly too big. I do not want to see further restrictions in the size of carry-ons, but I want the airlines to start telling these passengers those suitcases cannot be taken on board.

What makes matters worse is some of these passengers put these big carry ons anywhere they please. I have watched people who sit in the back stuff their carry on at the front of the plane, and the flight attendants are not even paying attention to it. When I get on I cannot find a place for my carry on, I end up stuffing it under the seat in front of me and then I do not have room for my long legs. This is another issue, the planes are too cramped, there needs to be more pitch between the seats, period! There is more room on a bus, and a bus is smaller!

I fly international quite often and the situation is made even more difficult through international flights. If the tickets you hold are not together fees apply here and there and everywhere, and of course nothing is clear across the board, and there is no standard.

No more fees, the ticket price you pay includes everything as far as I am concerned. I do not mind having to pay for a bag that weights over 70lbs, but do not charge me because I have a bag! In addition, why did the weight limit change international from 70 to 50lbs? Too many changes, let us get back to the basics of air travel. If everyone respects the rules that are already set up then we won’t have any problems.
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September 2, 2010 3:56 am

I agree with some of the others, they should not be telling people they cannot get off the plane. I am tall with back problems, flying is already a pain in the neck, sitting more time on the tarmac just makes matters worse. Their should be a place where passengers are allowed off, but are not allowed to associate with ground crew for security reasons. Being trapped in a plane even for an hour on the ground is not fun, nor is it necessary most of the time. Three hours is way too long! An hour is already difficult.

The size of the airport does not matter, as stated before by others, the feeling is the same.

The time limit should be no more than 30 minutes. People have health problems or muscle and bone issues cannot stay seated that long. One recent youtube video I saw there was no A/C,… more »

…no water, could not get up, etc. That is ridiculous. 30 minutes! If it is over 30 minutes the plane goes back to the terminal and everyone who wants to get off can, they just have to stay in the confines of the terminal and not to be late to reboard the flight. The airline also needs to stay on top of things and let people know how long they will need to wait at the gate.

A flight many years ago, the airline was smart, they told us to wait in the terminal, for 2 more hours due to where we were flying to was too crowded, I was much happier in the terminal than having to sit in the plane for two hours. Kudos to them!

To answer your questions what DOT particular wants us to know.

1. 30 minutes as stated earlier. Period, no excuses.

2. No, because 30 minutes or back to the gate.

3. No idea what you mean by this. So many regulations?

4. may be possible? Why is it only may be possible? Either it is or it is not. Put everyone in a separate place that they cannot leave the terminal or gate area, it is not that difficult, it is not rocket science here..

5. If there is going to be that much of a delay why are we even allowed to board?! Passengers should be allowed off anytime with out anyone having to tell us we can, period. We should not be mandated to sit for hours and hours. All airports should have places for this, go back to the gate and let us get off and wait in the terminal at the gate so that security is not compromised. « less

September 2, 2010 3:57 am

Luckily I have never been in this position yet, (knock on wood) For most of my flights are international. If the airline asks me to stay behind I will reject, there is a reason I set up my flights as I did so that I can make my international connections or visit friends at those places before I leave the same day. The airlines have no right to bump people, if they over book and everyone shows up they better add an extra seat to the wing or something!

September 2, 2010 4:01 am

Whatever protects us is ok with me. I just don’t want more fees added for whatever the changes are. I fly international a lot, and I am not really sure what you are asking of us.. Can you be more specific?

September 2, 2010 4:06 am

I think you guys need to make this more clear, as I am looking over this I cannot really figure out what it is you want us to comment about..

September 14, 2010 11:23 am

I feel you forgot to add the point about international connections. I want to make it clear that anyone with an international connection should not and cannot be bumped, period. Regardless of how long their layover is at the connecting airport. International flights are much more expensive and much more troublesome to change, as there may be other connections to other countries.

September 14, 2010 11:29 am

I think one issue you failed to address is that some of us do not want to pay anymore fees period. Get rid of the check in bag fee, and do not allow airlines to charge for carry ons.

September 14, 2010 11:31 am

I think you forgot to add that any tarmac delay should last no longer than 30 minutes.

And if that it should that we be allowed to return to the terminal, which did cover. But you did not cover that the delay should only be 30 minutes at most.

September 14, 2010 11:32 am

Not only food or drink, but be allowed to get out of our seats to stretch and go to teh bathroom. I thought that was clear in the comments.

September 14, 2010 11:35 am

Please make sure this is updated that any international connecting flight, people cannot be bumped at all regardless of the amount of time at the layover destination.

September 19, 2010 1:32 am

There is one more item I think you folks forgot to put into the draft. I remember one poster mentioning that the baggage limit of 72 lbs for international should be returned. And I agree, because it will better limit how much people take on as carry on’s as they will not try to stop 20lbs of stuff in the overhead bins. Thanks.

September 4, 2010 2:49 pm

For the costs and benefits, the DOT is looking for your reactions to the estimated costs and benefits, as well as your reactions to their methodology. Do you think they did a good job in their calculations? Do you think the balance of costs & benefits justifies each of the proposed regulations?

September 4, 2010 2:51 pm

Do you think there are any reasons foreign air carriers should not be held to the same rules as domestic air carriers? Are there any added benefits to travelers that you do not see mentioned here? Do you agree with the cutoff of 30 seats for these rules to apply to foreign air carriers?

September 14, 2010 12:05 pm

Thank you for reading the summary and letting us know what you think we missed, jmor123! We will note this for inclusion in the final summary.

September 14, 2010 12:09 pm

Thanks for reading the summary and adding your critique. We will note this for inclusion in the final summary.

September 15, 2010 12:11 am

Thanks for reading the summary and commenting on what you think we missed. We will note your comment for inclusion in the final summary that we send to the agency.

September 19, 2010 1:39 pm

Thanks for pointing out that we missed that. We will note it for inclusion in the final summary.

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