Bag and Baggage

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One of the questions we are asked frequently at this time of year is “Will my bags fit in the trunk of the car?” It is completely understandable, since winter travel often requires two seasons worth of clothing. Admittedly, it was more of a challenge before airlines started charging for luggage and limiting carry-ons, but it is still a question considered “subject to interpretation”.

As a leader in the Chicago ground transportation market, O’Hare-Midway Limousine Service has been providing transportation to both corporate and retail travelers for almost 60 years. The needs of each of these segments can differ greatly. Corporate travel lends itself to efficiency and speed (traveling light), where retail tends to me more cumbersome (bringing the kitchen sink).

The irony…and the challenge…is that someone from either segment may ask the same question; “If I have 3 bags, will they fit?” Three bags to a corporate traveler going away for a few meetings will likely be more manageable than three large suitcases for a family traveling to Cancun for vacation.

Our phone staff is coached to ask specific questions regarding size, shape, and type of bag, but in the end it comes to what actually shows up at the time of the pickup. Unfortunately, with the arrival of smaller sedans in livery fleets, one big suitcase could mean the difference between a comfortable ride to the airport and what amounts to having a full sized adult on your lap for the entire trip.

For travelers, the end of the Lincoln Town Car changed the entire landscape as far as luggage is concerned. The cavernous trunk and seemingly massive passenger compartment will never be equaled in any future sedan models. When stretched into its limousine form, the trunk space didn’t change, but additional interior room allowed for more (and unusual) luggage capacity. This proved difficult for some people to understand – “You stretch the car, but not the TRUNK?”

So to answer the question…your bags will certainly fit…as long as they aren’t too big. How big is too big? THAT…is the question.

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Dale Schahczinski
Goal driven team leader, with industry experience spanning all aspects of operations and administration.