‘Tis the season for minimalist travel

It’s that time of year when an already tight space on a plane, train or automobile seems even tighter, thanks to those extra holiday presents or layers of bulky winter clothing you’re wearing. Maybe it just feels worse because of the airspace intrusion of an oversized seatmate or a yapping emotional-support poodle.
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Don’t get lost: 3 insider tips on how to keep your stuff when you fly

You’re probably feeling a sense of loss today.
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Space is shrinking on a plane — here’s what to do about it

Does anyone really believe that airlines are installing bigger overhead bins so you can drag your regulation-size carry-on bag on the plane?
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Are fees for carry-on luggage just the beginning?

Would you like a ticket with your fee?
Since Allegiant Air’s decision to start charging passengers for carry-on luggage last week, you’d think that everything needed to be said about this outrageous new fee had already been said.
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From the front lines of the carry-on crisis: “I have been experiencing severe pain and dizziness for days”

Next time you fly, look up. Before you open that overhead bin, think about Shari Altarache and the injuries she says she sustained on a recent flight.

Luggage falling out of overhead bins isn’t a new problem. Back in 2000, when I wrote this story, an average of 12 people a day were getting hurt from bags that dropped on them.

With the major domestic airlines now charging for the first checked bag — and some even adding fees for carry-on luggage — is it any wonder more people are trying to cram everything into the overhead space?

Or that more people are getting hurt?

The question is: How do you fix this carry-on crisis? I’ll get to the solution in just a minute. But first, let’s hear from Altarache, who was flying from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Phoenix last week on US Airways.
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