Just arrived home last night and a few things about carry ons (as far as US Air goes) --
On the way there, everyone on the plane had a carry on, so what does that mean? People end up with their carry ons checked. It also takes twice as long to load/unload the plane because of all the carry ons.
On the way back, security is beefed up and people are only allowed ONE carry on item. If you are lady with a purse, for example, your carry on would be your purse -- not your suitcase. For a man, your carry on would be your laptop bag, for example -- not your suitcase.
Just wanted to pass that info along. Put your valuables on your purse or something "on" you because you won't know until the last minute if you will have to check your bag or not.
And also - US Air does charge a bag fee for bags going to Jamaica. If you think you're taking them for free, you may want to check the policy again.
Oh and the good news was that as of yesterday we were allowed to check 2 bags each with NO FEES! Maybe the airlines will realize these bag fees are ridiculous and do more harm than good for anyone!
Melea & Joseph
CN - '06, '07, '08
CSS and CSA - '09
CSA - '10