We reported yesterday that all the inconvenient security measures at airports were at least making boarding times five or ten minutes faster, but the New York Times today follows up with a story in the toll that extra checked baggage is having on travelers and the airlines. Business travelers who normally never check anything find themselves wasting up to an hour checking and claiming their bags at airports. the NYT suggest a few solutions to checking your bags. Virtual Bellhop and Luggage Forward will ship your bags to you, however, at 200 clams for an overnight delivery from NYC to LA it hardly seems worth it. Another (better) option is a new service from Bags, Inc. (a.k.a. Baggage Airlines Guest Services - curiously, they have no website) which allows you to check your bags and get printed boarding tickets at your hotel for a 10-spot. They currently operate out of Orlando but should be spreading like a plague to other big cities in the near future.
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