Battle Of The Overhead Bins

February 7, 2010

in Luggage Stories

On a recent trip from Hawaii to San Diego, my brother and I lost the boarding pass lottery and ended boarding the plane last to be seated in bulkhead seats behind first class passengers. It was a two aisle plane and we had the window and aisle seats together on the left of the plane. Since there were no seats in front of us, we had to stow our two small carry-on bags in overhead bins. The problem was that there was no space left. The overhead space above our seats had been utilized by some mystery luggage that seemed to belong to no one when we asked around. So my brother removed the suitcase from the overhead bin and placed it in the aisle and put our bags in the overhead bin.

A little while later a flight attendant showed up and asked who the suitcase belonged to, and suddenly this guy in first class gets up and says it’s his! Can you imagine – this jerk has a seat in first class, with plenty of closets and overhead bins, and he puts his suitcase in the first row of coach to screw the bulkhead passengers! He retrieved his bag and put it in the empty bin over his seat. There are some rotten people out there and a lot of them fly!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Demotage February 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm

I can't imagine why anyone would do that. Still, I think you were in the wrong to just take Simone else's bag out of the overhead. Why mt just put yours in the first class bin as I have done in similar circumstances.


eyeroller February 8, 2010 at 5:36 am

I disagree, they asked first, and nobody claimed it. The guy was being a jerk and he should've owned up to it being his bag and moved it. I think they had every right to use the bin over their seats and he was in the wrong, they were totally within their rights to move his stuff.


david February 8, 2010 at 10:01 am

in this instance yeah it was right to move it, but if it was someone sitting a row or 2 back than no, they may have had to put their bags there since it may have been the only space available

and if the overhead bin is full above you and there is no room that can be found than its the OP's fault, it is first come first serve

and in many cases you pay extra for the bulkhead seats, that still doesnt give you the right to the overhead compartment, it is a privoledge not a right, still first come first serve


Joan June 20, 2016 at 10:23 pm

My Biggest gripe is those that put their luggage in the overhead bin and move to the back of the plane–leaving empty seats and full overhead bins…. They are so inconsiderate that I want to slash all their luggage.


Jonasgal October 24, 2016 at 12:48 am

They should've just put them underneath their seats!!!! They shouldn't've even BOTHERED OR TOUCHED anyone's luggage, regardless!!!! Dang people[s]!!! Why didn't they just "do" THAT?? [put it under their seats?!!?]


Zombie October 24, 2016 at 7:50 am

since there were no seats in front of us


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