Late last fall I was on an American Airlines flight from Barcelona to JFK on a 777-200. I am the type that hates to check my bag, and I will do just about anything – including stuff all my toiletries into 2 one quart sized bags to be 3-1-1 compliant – to avoid checking my bag.
Sometimes my bag is a little bit overstuffed, and it’s not uncommon for gate agents especially in Europe to ask me to place my roller bag into the sizing bin. On that day leaving BCN, my roller bag flunked the size test and was given the dreaded bag tag. The gate agent said for me to take my bag down the escalator and leave it by the jetway door.Knowing that the escalator was long (and NOT monitored) I ripped the bag tag off of my roller bag and stuffed it in my pocket. As I boarded the plane, I said hello to the cabin crew and happily rolled my bag onboard.
When I travel I attempt to be polite and follow the rules, however I really didn’t want to give up my bag so ripping the bag tag off seemed to be the thing to do in order to keep my bag. Have you ever ripped a bag tag off a bag that a gate agent wanted you to check? How did it work out?