Hello there travelers! Right now, I am sitting in the middle of the Denver airport watching the bustling crowds stir around me. Perfectly audible names are being called out from above and shops are everywhere. Unlike Cincinnati, sigh, the departures board is absolutely filled with name of cities around the country and world! NINE screens to be exact.
After two years of waiting, it appears that a trade of gate space will have me spending a lot more time in New York City’s LGA airport. Yes, plans were announced as to the agreement as far back as March, however, we don’t get too excited until everything is finalized, especially since this isn’t the first time that something this big has been tried with these two airlines and in these markets.
“When the DOT ruled, they essentially said that they agree with us that the deal will increase competition in both markets without increasing congestion, and acknowledged important benefits to the traveling public,” said Richard in Right from Richard. “I want to thank Randy Babbitt and Sec. Ray LaHood for their leadership on this. When you think about how vital the U.S. airline industry is to our economy, it’s important that these kinds of pro-consumer, pro-competitive transactions be allowed to occur.
December 22, 2001, Richard Colvin Reid, a self-admitted member of al-Qaeda, became known for attempting to blow up an aircraft by igniting explosives in his shoes.
As a result of this action, the US government implemented an airport security measure requiring all passengers to remove their shoes to go through the X-ray machines looking for any further explosives. Almost 10 years later and the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Homeland Security is planning to phase out the program and once again allow passengers to leave their shoes on.
On December 28, 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, attempted to blow up a NorthWest aircraft over Detroit when he lit his underwear (containing a poorly crafted bomb) on fire. Although Al Qaeda, who took credit for the attempted bombing, boasted their “ability to overcome U.S. intelligence and airport security”, why are we not required to take off our underwear to go through security?
In the further attempt to function more like it’s parent company, Delta Airlines, Comair’s larger aircraft (CRJ 700 and 900) will now be offering it’s passengers a Carry On Bag Program. The new program allows passegers to bring on the luggage that must usually be “pink tagged”. While it’s current valet system is still in place for larger pieces and those bags that there is no longer any room for, the new Carry On procedures call for their flight crews to allow passengers to bring on bags until they will no longer fit as Delta does.
This does not mean that ANY piece regardless of size will be allowed on board though. The size requirements are still in place and each piece of passenger luggage must be able to fit securely beneath the seat in front of them or in an overhead bid. The 50 seat CRJ200 will remain the same with all rolling bags being plane side valeted.
As a flight attendant and fellow traveler, I ask that you please place the smaller items at your feet so that as many passengers as possible will be able to use the overhead bins. In fact, if you are either not in a hurry or have a longer layover at the next city, perhaps you can still valet your bag so that anyone in a hurry can simply get off and run. This is only a suggestion that I ask you take in consideration as if you were the one in a hurry. *wink*
Do you have any suggestions on how to improve the baggage policy?
First, we lost Concourse C at the Greater Cincinnati/NKY International airport, also known as CVG. Although I didn’t mind having to take a train and a bus just to get to work to check-in, it was nice to not to have to come into concourse A or B and take that same form of transportation during a quick turn (time between flights). Of course, the plane couldn’t leave without me so I felt worse for the passengers! I did miss Aunti Ann’s and the Mexican restaurant and still do to date.
With the loss of concourse C, came our transition to concourse A, which was a whole lot easier for everyone. Finally, I only had to walk from the front of the airport and travel one train stop to get to my check in area! Then, concourse A was gone and it was off to concourse B. This of course made it easier yet for everyone. Aside from the fact that the check in point is at one end and I usually depart from the other end (!), it’s still nice to be in just one hallway. Of course, I WANT my Mexican place back! 360 burrito is not the best (except for breakfast) and is never open when I want them to be. I digress…
I have wondered why the airport commission spent so much money reconstructing Terminal 3, with the security checkpoint being on the same level as ticketing, if most of the Terminal is empty. And, why is most of terminal 3 empty. And, why is Terminal 1 and 2 pretty much like a ghost town as well. And,…..
Finally, I actually found out a few days ago (so sorry I didn’t share) that USAir, United and American at least would be moving in to Concourse B. The fences are up and work underway. People have been walking through the area since we were still in it, so I have known for a while that something was going on. Anything will be better than the crickets that had literally taken over Peets old space.
The renovations and final move will not take place until at least the Summer of next year and will more importantly to me take some of the financial burden of Delta, who has been responsible for rent on the the entire terminal up to now.
I still have to wonder what will become of Concourse C and the furry inhabitants that have moved in?