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Tue., March 11, 2014, 8:44 a.m.

Airline Gates May Become Unfriendly

The rule of 45, the airlines called it. When flying, you needed to add up all the dimensions of your carry-on suitcase -- length, width and thickness -- and if they came to more than 45 inches, you needed to check the bag. Except the rule was seldom enforced. Then in 2008, when airlines started charging for checked luggage, carry-on luggage really started to swell. The first passengers who push their way aboard airliners today get to stuff their fat bags into overhead bins, eating up space rightfully due meeker travelers who follow the rules and stay in line. Now, United Airlines says it is going to crack down on those trying to get overloaded suitcases into the passenger cabin of its jets/Lee Rozen, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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