Solving the Oversized Carryon Bag Problem

By | July 12, 2012

Wizz Air Airbus A320-233 HA-LPF

One of the side effects of increased checked bag charges is that more people are trying to cram all of their items into their carry-ons.

Spirit Air tried to address this by charging for carry-on bags, but we like a new program by Wizz Air. Passengers who try to sneak bags past onto the plane will be charged.

If their bags are bigger than carry-on size, they will pay approximately $12. As a consolidation prize, they get priority boarding, which would give them first access to the overhead bins. It seems like a better move than some alternatives.

The problem is, this does not address the problem, in the sense exactly. Those who follow the rules will find themselves squeezed out of the overhead. And that isn’t exactly fair either.