I had to board a plane today for career-based reasons, and since I will be away for nearly a fortnight, I had to pack a largish suitcase. I checked the suitcase at the Continental Airlines Curbside Check-In at Denver International Airport, whereupon I was told that I would need to pay a fifteen-dollar fee for the privilege if having them stick the thing in the plane’s belly.
Then I was handed a receipt for my bag. It noted that I had paid an “EXCESSIVE BAGGAGE FEE.” That’s right: One bag is now considered an excess. So if you were wondering what the proper number of pieces of luggage to check on a cross-country flight, the answer is: none, please.