Last night I ran into a three-hour mechanical delay on a US Airways flight from Columbia, SC to Philadelphia. Most passengers were transported to their final destination via Washington National or Charlotte, so there when the flight finally departed, only eight passengers remained.
You would think that after a three-hour delay that US Airways was at fault for and with only eight passengers onboard a 50-seat CRJ aircraft, the agents would just want to get passengers onboard and get the flight out. Alas, no.
I had my rollerboard and a duffel bag with me and had pulled my laptop case out of my duffel bag and was typing away at the gate when a US Airways gate agent approached me and asked me to please consolidate my carry-ons because only two were allowed onboard.
Yes, she was just following US Airways regulations, but give me a break–there were eight people onboard and it was not even like I was trying to smuggle on an extra carry-on, I was just working in the gate area. Talk about petty.
Almost as petty as me blogging about it…