I just wrapped up a sub-48 hour trip to Germany, during which I got very little sleep. While dragging myself out of bed and to the airport this morning at an ungodly hour I walked through my hotel’s lobby and for a second thought I was in the airport’s lost luggage department. There were about two dozen massive suitcases, and then two dozen rollaboard suitcases, all neatly lined up.
I looked up and saw a crew from a major Asian airline. An airline where crews just have a 1-2 night layover and then turn right around. And it got me wondering, what the hell does each crew member do with two suitcases for such a short trip?!
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the system that non-US airlines have. At US airlines, flight attendants carry on all their bags, and many times they have a handful of bags each which look more like an RV than a carry-on. And that’s frustrating, since in many cases they’re competing with passengers for limited overhead bin space.
I prefer the non-US system where crews have only a single carry-on and are checking their bags. So, it’s not harming me in any way… but I just don’t get it!
Yes, when Singapore Airlines’ crews work a Singapore to New York trip it lasts about eight days, as they have layovers in Frankfurt, New York, and then again in Frankfurt. I get checking a bag there.
But if you’re just doing a two day trip, what do you really fill both a carry-on and a huge suitcase with? Surely they’ve gotta be running import/export businesses, or something…
I mean, I literally live out of a 20″ carry-on. Admittedly my wardrobe is about as diversified as a cartoon character’s, but still…
Anyone have any insight, or find it equally odd?
Yup, these are the questions that keep me up at night… 😉