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In the key of G-Flat-minor, please, to the tune of Gershwin's "Summertime".... Summertime, And the airport is busy, Carts are tumpin', 'Cause the luggage's too high, Let's check our bags, And not carry 'em onboard, Then we'll breeze through the checkpoint, And off we'll fly….. It's another busy travel summer, and while I've been out and about the crowded airports and large amounts of carryon luggage made me think of the "Porgy and Bess" opener, hence my erstwhile rewrite of the first stanza (my personal favorite rendition of this classic was Fantasia Barrino's performance on "American Idol" a couple of seasons ago). With the peak travel season upon us, I thought it might be a good time to remind everyone that checking luggage is the easiest way to get your bags from point A to point B. It embodies that most American of work ethics–get somebody else to do the work. 🙂 Southwest's helpful Customer Service Agents and Ramp Agents will take excellent care of your luggage, and will work like crazy to have it available for you in the bag claim area quickly when you arrive at your destination. Besides, checking your bags means you don't have to carry/drag/push/wheel them around. No bags to deal with means you can focus all your attention on whatever you want–from trying to catch the eye of the attractive fellow voyager in the security line next to you, to keeping the kids from running from gate C18, where you are, to gate C481, where the nearest ice cream vendor is. We've had other blog posts about the "correct" way to check luggage, most recently Bert Stevens' post from last month (click here for the link), so no need to replicate that information here. Just follow the instructions and try it–believe me, checking luggage is simple, it's easy, and the sacroiliac you save may be your own. Happy travels, everyone!