The harsh reality of economy classes in summer

We are in summer, a good time for family trips, short, medium or long haul.

Summer is a time when many destinations are very busy: North America, Africa, South East Asia. And the economy classes are very busy.

In these times, many problems arise in the rear classes:

  • An overabundance of cabin baggage , an overabundance reinforced by reductions in baggage allowance (from 2 to 1 for most destinations). And even if the size/weight controls are now tightened, the plane is not designed to carry cabin baggage per passenger, even if efforts are made by aircraft manufacturers on the latest generations of 737 and 320;
  • Many families with babies or children , which have the effect of annoying close passengers, but also of increasing the number of special meals to be transported on planes. These special meals require specific logistics and service. Most airlines limit the special meals on a plane to 25 or 30;
  • A massive crowd in the terminals , which can disrupt the boarding of flights and cause delays of small or medium importance. These delays easily add up on short and medium haul, where turnaround times are short.

And you, what are your experiences on summer travel?

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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