It was interesting to see Ryanair changing their two-bag policy last week, instead reverting to their old rule of only being able to take one bag on board their planes, unless you paid extra for speedy boarding in which case you can still take the old size small suitcase onto the plane with you.
Airlines need to get their act together over the way they are approaching luggage. Each airline has it own policy and this comes on top of the fact that each airport seems to have its own policy for the way it checks passengers through security. You can travel through one airport completely unmolested and a few hours later have to remove your belt, shoes and jacket before completing the journey.
It’s making it really confusing, and frustrating, for passengers and turning what used to be a mildly pleasant experience into something that is stopping lots of people from making all but the most necessary journey in the air.
I know that I stopped flying to London years ago and now much prefer the peace and tranquility of a train journey when I can sit down at one end of the journey and relax for a few hours before arriving at my destination having listened to some music, read a book, watched a movie, or just slept. And I promise Virgin Trains are not sponsoring this article!
But I digress. Our experiences as passengers at airports is making airline travel really unappealing, and the frustrations felt by passengers are sometimes passed on to airline staff making the whole experience ten times worse than it needs to be, although in many cases the process would be more manageable and pleasant if the airline staff took a more relaxed view of their roles.
And there seems to be one group of individuals more affected by most in the current climate, and that is the musician.
Musicians can’t choose whether to take an instrument with them when they travel. Their instruments are the tools of their trade, and are often worth tens of thousands of pounds, as well as having huge sentimental value in many cases.
It’s not good enough for airlines to constantly change their policies so that what’s acceptable one week becomes unacceptable the next. How can people plan trips and tours if they don’t know what seats to buy, what luggage to book into the hold, and what they can take on the plane with them, if this constant change in policy continues.
Sometimes it seems as if the real reasons for imposing such draconian security measures at our airports – the safety of passengers and staff – have been forgotten as airlines do everything they can to maximise their profits at the expense of these same passengers’ comfort.
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