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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Air travel: When to check or carry on your bags

I received an email asking when to either check or carry your luggage on a flight. I’d like to pass along some information that a flight attendant shared with me.

Her advice is to pack the bag you intend to carry on the flight wear the shoes you intend on traveling in then take your packed bag and try to put it flat on the top of your refrigerator. If you can’t perform this action then pay to have your bag checked.

Or fly Southwest Airlines as they are one of the few major that do not charge for your first two pieces of luggage.

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