April 13, 2008
A portable handheld luggage scale can be a valuable tool for making sure your bag meets airline weight restrictions, both outbound and on your return. Most handheld scales work on an old-fashioned hook-and-counterweight system, which demands near- contortionist capabilities as you try to lift an unwieldy bag while reading the weight indicated by the little needle. Thank goodness for the Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale , which beeps when it has registered the weight, then keeps that number displayed on the big LED read-out.
June 2, 1986
I comment on a couple of points George Wilson made in his column on the Carnegie Foundation's recent report on public school teachers. I certainly agree that it would be a good thing for teachers to be in charge of the schools and for "principals and their bureaucratic baggage" to go. Currently, however, there exist in the schools two levels of bureaucratic baggage - a top level of the aformentioned principals and vice principals and a second level...
July 23, 1989 |
OOPS. Baggage handling drew a higher percentage of complaints at Piedmont Airlines (8.92 per 1,000 passengers) than at any other domestic airline, according to May figures just released by the U.S. Department of Transportation. TWA was next worst (7.67 per 1,000 passengers), while Eastern Airlines reported the smallest percentage of baggage complaints, only 2.67 per 1,000. But Eastern also got more than twice as many general consumer complaints as its nearest competitor, according to June figures from the department - 13.10, compared with 6.02 for second-worst Pan Am. Piedmont, soon to disappear into the USAir system, also reported the worst on-time percentage of domestic airlines serving Philadelphia International Airport in May. Only 71.2 percent of the airline's 633 planes landed within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival.
May 17, 1990 |
A fire ignited by a spark from a workman's torch heavily damaged a baggage claim area at Philadelphia International Airport this morning, inconveniencing hundreds of travelers. No damage to baggage was reported, and there were no injuries resulting from the 5 a.m. blaze that destroyed a conveyer belt in the baggage area at Terminal B, said Fire Lt. Jack Christmas. The fire, controlled at 6:15 a.m., was confined to the belt and the area that surrounds it. However, the fire made it more difficult than usual for passengers arriving on USAir, TWA and Midwest Express airlines to reclaim their luggage, airport officials said.
January 2, 2005 |
A baby seat, a tuba case, and about three dozen suitcases were all that remained yesterday from the Christmas baggage backup at US Airways terminals at Philadelphia International Airport as travelers moved through with relative ease. The holdups were fairly typical - at security checkpoints and parking garages - but not by the baggage carousels. "We've had no trouble. It's just been a beautiful flight. My husband's bag was the first one off" the chute, said Ree Walker of Malvern, who was returning from a family vacation in Orlando, Fla. She did recall what it was like when they left on Christmas morning.
April 14, 2011 |
NEW YORK - You've paid $15, $20, even $35 to check your bag on a flight. Then the airline loses it, but you don't get your money back. The government wants to change that, tackling two of the biggest complaints about air travel - poor service and the explosion of fees. Major airlines, which collect $3.3 billion in bag fees each year, are opposed. Under current rules, if luggage is never found or is damaged, passengers can ask for a fee refund as part of their lost-property claim.
April 3, 2009 |
An American Airlines baggage-crew chief faces two theft charges after being arrested at Philadelphia International Airport, according to Philadelphia police. Christopher Shaw, 37, of Reading, was taken into custody around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. A Pennsylvania woman noticed four new articles of clothing missing from her luggage after returning home March 17 on American Flight 892 from Dallas. The price tags, totaling $550, were still on the items, which were purchased at Galleria Nordstrom in Dallas, police said.
October 7, 2010 |
Passengers aboard a US Airways flight bound for Bermuda were delayed for more than 6 hours at Philadelphia International Airport "due to a security concern," said a spokesman for US Airways. According to the FBI, a crew of three baggage handlers was dispatched to load luggage onto Flight 1070. When they arrived at the aircraft, they found a fourth man already there in uniform. They did not recognize him. When they asked the fourth man why he was there, he clambered onto a baggage cart and drove it away.
January 2, 2005 |
Joe Franzini loads strangers' luggage for a living, a job he's done for 26 years for an airline he says he loves. So the notion that his coworkers in baggage handling intentionally damaged US Airways and hurt its passengers over Christmas, when thousands of travelers and their bags were stranded in Philadelphia, is like a slap in the face. "We've got such good guys there," said the 44-year-old father of two from Boothwyn, Delaware County. "We're family men. We have children in school.
February 22, 1998 |
The major U.S. airlines improved their on-time arrival and baggage-handling records last year, according to figures provided by the airlines and compiled by the Transportation Department. On average, 22.3 percent of flights operated by the 10 largest airlines arrived late in 1997, compared with 25.5 percent the year before. Flights are considered late if they arrive 15 minutes or more beyond scheduled arrival times. Nationwide last year, Southwest Airlines had the best arrival record, with 18.1 percent of its flights late, followed closely by TWA, 19.8 percent late, and US Airways, 19.9 percent late.