Competent for Travel

Now comes a brief blog on travel and common sense. The reason for such an obviously ridiculous title is directly proportionate to the lack of planning, and frankly, lack of concern many have in the course of preparing for air travel. This becomes evident upon boarding a plane at 6 a.m. Personally, I use two Travelpro pieces of luggage — one that deliberately stows beneath the seat ahead of me, and a second for upper cabin bin space, for which un-bundled Ultra Low Cost airlines (Frontier, Spirit and Allegiant) may charge extra. I ever fly these carriers.

For the uninitiated, Travelpro¬†is a product designed by an airline Captain, so one can assume he or she knew the front from the back of the plane. Here’s what my laptop computer fits into:


(Authors Photos)

There are multiple zippers that maximize storage of papers, notebooks, pens, rulers, calculators, wired extensions and so forth. This fits under any American airline seat. In fact, I telephoned Southwest Airlines for dimensions prior to purchase.


This roller board actually fits in the upper cabin bin, although I usually check it for business stays of a week or longer. While the idea of a hard bag is to avoid smashing fragile items, this is a tough piece of engineering works well and avoids cheap zippers that don’t hold up. While zippers generally are not water tight, I’ve seldom run across a baggage cart that is cover-less. The wheels glide, allowing me to quickly clear a jet way quickly for passengers who may be handicapped or families requiring more time with the kiddos. The key to the material of this design is that it is lightweight, but durable. And you can store plenty of dress shirts to be ironed and dry cleaned for extended stays.

Lastly, broken handles lead the list for passenger complaints and claims. This two-bar construction design eliminates this concern.

In summary, there is absolutely no reason why faster aircraft boarding isn’t possible. I submit that the increase in tension during the boarding process places pressure on Flight Attendants and fellow passengers already seated. A smooth boarding process gets the plane pushed back from the gate, in the air and usually with an on-time arrival.

Before travel, I list every single item on paper and try to foresee any unexpected emergency before a trip. It’s a step that may seem a little eccentric, until you experience others who don’t plan as well and delay a departure. There is no rational reason for the increase in air rage incidents. Proper planning that allows quick enplaning and deplaning is one way to lessen that behavior. Have a safe and enjoyable journey!




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