World Fantasy is this week and, like everyone else (I’m pretty sure), I am focused on the most important question related to the con: Should I check my bag or carry it on the plane with me?
I used to be airplane guy. (There was no silly spandex costume involved – sorry.) Had a job that required a lot of travel so I was one of those people with the roller bag & the laptop case who would breeze through the airport with practiced ease. I knew my way around Midway, Nashville, Atlanta & Tampa airports like the back of my hand. I always got there early, always boarded first (well, mostly boarded first), always got the good seats in the emergency row (WAY more leg room) and, of course, I carried everything with me and never, ever checked anything.
But now we have all this security stuff to deal with. There’s stuff you can carry on, stuff you can’t. Stuff that can only be so many ounces, stuff that needs to be inspected. There’s always a better than average possibility that if you carry your stuff on the plane, someone in the security checkpoints is not only gonna go through your bag, they’re gonna see your underwear.
Note to self – buy new underwear before trip to World Fantasy.
I love the convenience of being able to grab my shit, walk off the plane and right onto the shuttle or whatever transportation I’m going to arrange-
Note to self – arrange some transportation to the hotel, dumbass.
-and not have to mess with baggage claim. But everything has a flip-side and in this case, it’s going through security in the first place. I mean, I’m bringing my podcast mic – can I carry that on the plane with me? Will they reject it and say I have to toss it? What about the external drive I was considering bringing? How many ounces of toothpaste is considered weapons grade toothpaste?!
There’s probably a website or something I can check to answer these questions.
OH, and – there’s the new thing where the airlines charge you for each bag. What. The. Fuck. Seriously? You people have screwed up your business model so badly that now not only do you charge me for my ticket but bags are extra?!
It’s sad when you realize that it is ALMOST BUT NOT QUITE CHEAPER to travel without any luggage whatsoever and hit a WalMart at your destination for a couple shirts, some undies and whatnot all versus checking and paying for your bag.
Yeah. That’s where we’ve gotten ourselves?
I want my damned flying car…
Oh. Yeah… Your thoughts? Check it or carry on? YOU DECIDE!