There I am again, shuffling down the jetway with my laptop slung over my shoulder, the line barely moving. We’re 10 minutes from our scheduled departure, but the flight will undoubtedly be delayed -- we’re only on Boarding Group TWO!
And once we do finally take off, despite the captain's comforting reassurance over the intercom that we'll be traveling back in time and/or making it up in the air, we’ll probably still arrive late. Forcing all those people with tight connections to rush to the front, while the rest of us take an hour to deplane.
And whose fault is it? The airlines? The FAA?
No, it’s all the people with those goddamn roller bags. Seriously.
Rollerboards, or more specifically, the people who brag about "NEVER checking bags" are ruining flying. And it’s not just because boarding is only slightly slower than a 7-Eleven line on PowerBall day. It’s because now that we have to pay baggage fees, everyone thinks they can bring a full suitcase on board so long as it fits through the TSA X-ray machine. Completely ignoring the fact that rolling a trunk filled with your pet rock collection might, just might, impact other people. Those inflexible bags (and, honestly, giant duffel bags, too) and that me-first mindset are the root cause of our biggest gripes about flying.