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Travel: Should people be shamed for packing carry-ons that are too large?

Rescuers search a crumbled building in Arcuata del Tronto, central Italy, where a 6.1 earthquake struck just after 3:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The quake was felt across a broad section of central Italy, including the capital Rome where people in homes in the historic center felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. (AP Photo/Sandro Perozzi)

Every time Dori Monson travels with his family, they pack all the items they’re bringing in carry-on bags. After a bad incident, Dori doesn’t trust checking a bag with the airlines.

“The one time on a family vacation that I said OK, we’ll check a bag, we went to Hawaii and they lost it. It was the piece that had all my girls’ swimsuits and we basically lost our first day of our Hawaii vacation until the courier came with our found bag,” says Dori. “I don’t need that headache, I don’t want that headache.”

But a travel writer is going after people for carrying on too much. Blogger Spud Hilton is calling for a “smack down on ‘carry on’ offenders,” encouraging people to take pics of offenders and tag it #CarryonShame.


“Unfortunately when you bring a bag that is larger than it’s supposed to be, you’re actually cheating everyone else on that plane,” Hilton tells Dori.

Hilton says he’s not after Dori if he’s bringing a bag that fits in line with the airline’s size guidelines. But he says those passengers who bring a bag that’s just too big are costing everyone.

“The amount of time that you’re holding up the boarding process,” says Hilton, “the amount of time that you’re likely to delay the plane. The amount of time and money people who actually fit to the rules spent, only to see steamer trunks going by because some people think the rules just don’t apply to them.”

Dori says sometimes his carry-ons are a tight squeeze, acknowledging he needed a former NFL player to shove it in the overhead bin on his trip to the Super Bowl, but it did fit.

What do you think? Do you think people will carry-ons that are too large should be shamed?

Dori Monson on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM

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