Question by MissDeviance: Separate luggage flights for airline travel?
I see that NASA is planning to replace the Space Shuttle with a dual system, sending cargo and supplies up in one rocket and returning to the classic style with crew and capsule modules in a second rocket. Cheaper and more efficient, and allows for different systems needs for the different payloads.
Doesn't this also make sense for airline travel? At any given time, there are multiple airline companies flying from and to the exact same destinations only minutes apart.
Why not have specific planes dedicated to carrying all the main luggage (cargo)? Then the passenger flights would have absolutely NO carry-on luggage on board, only handbags and laptop type cases. Security is streamlined, since the screening is so much simpler, and the passenger planes can dedicate themselves to passenger services.
Smaller jets could carry cargo (coverted corp jets), so they'd get there faster. Your luggage would be waiting.
Answer by Gerald J
Since jet fuel is one third of the cost of operating an airline, economically your plan is not feasible You would also have to double the amount of airplanes in the sky at any given time, and also either have to double the amount of gates or have space for every cargo plane to land and unload, which is also one of the major expenses of operating an airline. Also, besides the executives, the pilots are the most expensive employees on any given airline, and you want to double the amount of pilots, too? Not to mention having to double the amount of airplanes needed for every airline, the most costly part of running an airline, I could go on and on about this. No offense, but your idea is one of the most ridiculous ideas I've ever heard.
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