Travel Part II...
Another thing I've noticed recently - since the UK incident last month - is carry on habits in airports has changed.
Used to be - people would attempt to carry on refrigerator sized bags whenever possible. I always packed into a backpack (under seat in front of me) and a standard carry one. Whether it be for one day or two weeks - the same amount of luggage. I never check my bag. But - my bag always fits - it is not expandable, it is not a fold over, it is slightly smaller than 'regulation' (I don't have to wedge it into the overhead and it fits "wheels first", not sideways taking twice the overhead space).
Recently, with the "no water, no gels" restrictions - the amount of carry on luggage has gone way down. On my last flight - on a plane where you have to check your larger bag plane side and retrieve it plane side when you arrive - instead of most of the plane being there waiting for a bag, there was 5 of us. 5 out of 54. That never happened before.
Loading and unloading is faster this way. I've read the reports now where the various airlines are meeting their on time departures more frequently simply because of the reduced amount of carry on baggage.
I haven't given up my carry on. I bought "tooth powder" to replace my tooth paste and I'm completely "dehydrated" luggage wise.
File this away in the "looking for the silver lining" folder.