Wednesday, July 30, 2008

"Bicycle Parts"

first, I am SO behind. Eventually I will post about the MS Bike Ride, our summer vacation this year, AND finish up LAST summer's vacation.

A vignette from this summer's vacation...

We are returning home, and are checking in our bags at the curbside in Detroit, because we will never get through the lines inside in time. Skycap comes up, goes off and gets tags for our bags, looks at our id and... "what's in that big suitcase?"

A bicycle.

He sucks the air in through his teeth and starts to tell me I need to pay yet even more, beyond the second bag charge. No. Suitcase is within size limits and under the weight limit. But he can't wrap his head around the fact that it isn't "Bicycle" that costs extra, but size and weight of the bag itself.

"Is there REALLY a bicycle in there?"

Fitz finally says: "bicycle parts".

It was ok, then. Remember that folks.

4 comments:

Evo Davo said...

Thanks for the "bike parts" tip. I've travelled all over the world and here is one that has saved me many times. If you are asked if you called and confirmed your reservation, regardless of the truth, ALWAYS say yes.

p. squiddy said...

That's quick thinking.

The other tip I've heard if you have something expensive you don't want them to lose is to check a starter pistol in with it, so it goes through the "extra special don't ever lose this bag" tracking. Of course, then you have to carry a fake pistol around with you, but...

Susan said...

Air Canada is now charging for bicycles even if they are "folding" bicycles and fit in standard size luggage. Really really unfair!

lynnef said...

There was a second bag charge. It didn't matter what was in the bag...