I have a theory when it comes to checking my suitcase versus carrying it on to the plane when I travel. I call it the “you can pry it out of my cold, dead hands” theory.
There really aren’t too many times I recall willingly checking my bag. A handful of times over the years I’ve had to expand it (my Briggs & Riley has a convenient zipper expansion). I encountered a situation recently where I had a choice to make.
We were on our way back from Canada and had purchased some maple syrup to take back with us. That meant we were checking one of our family’s four carry-on bags. When my wife thought about our connection in Newark, she decided that she wanted to check the other two carry-ons, leaving just mine.
Her logic was hard to argue against. Have you ever connected between terminals and taken the bus at Newark? It generally means walking down two flights of stairs, hauling your bags onto a bus, then off the bus and up two more flights of stairs on the other end. There is an elevator. But, given the number of folks in wheelchairs and with strollers, most people choose the stairs. And, every once in a while, the elevators are out of order just for good measure.
Here’s My Dilemma
I probably could have convinced my wife to carry-on the other bags. I didn’t push her on it, though. Once the decision was made to check the rest of the suitcases, now I was the one that could potentially hold us up. We were already going to be waiting at baggage claim. We had priority tags on our luggage. If I gate-checked my bag and it was delayed upon arrival into Newark, we’d be stuck waiting for it until we could head to the bus for our next flight.
Connections are usually pretty tight when we fly through Newark. We had a bit more time on this one, but there was no guarantee we wouldn’t have a delay getting to Newark. There was a bit of weather and the previous handful of days had seen hundreds of flight cancellations. Plus, if we did land on time we had just enough extra time to grab some food for lunch before our next flight (along with circus bus experience).
Airlines are so bad at checked bags. United at Dulles isn’t known for setting any land speed records, though timing isn’t bad. Briggs & Riley has a great warranty to fix my bag if the airlines break it. But, I still strongly prefer keeping my hands (and eyes) on my bag.
What Would You Do?
I’m curious. Would you check your bag in this situation or carry it on? I won’t introduce any unnecessary suspense on this small decision. I did choose to check my bag. I’m just curious what my fellow travelers would do when faced with the same choice.
You can vote in my Twitter poll and also leave a comment below. Can’t wait to hear the responses!
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