Bound To Get Bag Into Bin

June 1, 2010

in Luggage Stories

On the subject of luggage, I witnessed a fellow traveler who was bound and determined to get his bag into the overhead bin, no matter what it took or how much time it involved. As he wrestled and pounded the recalcitrant bag into the space, the passenger tested the bin door to make sure it would shut. It didn’t. Following his previous modus operandi, he forced the bin door repeatedly until… it cracked with the effort, broken at one of the hinges.

Because it dangled and formed a gaping hole, we sat on the ground while a maintenance worker was scouted, and after some amount of time, the magician showed up with a roll of duct tape to secure the bin. All this under the watchful eye of the cabin crew.

Nothing was said to the miscreant who had done the damage.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Clare June 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm

I'm amazed he wasn't booted off the plane after that.


Cheran June 2, 2010 at 6:35 am

More amazing is that the crew just sat and watched the fiasco rather than making him gate-check his bag.


Jim June 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

I am amazed at the number of people I see …who shove so much into that overhead bin. Each time I think to myself….yep, it's gonna break. …but, to date, have not witnessed such. These people have paid 300.00+ for the ticket…go ahead and spend the extra 30.00 to check the darn luggage. Don't check anything of value, and keep one set of spare clothes and essentials in a small carry on just in case…and, we can all rest a little easier, and get the plane to our destination on time, and with a little less hassle.

I want to commend you on your chosen verbiage for this post. It is probably the most well written, concise and succinct story I have read on this site….recalcitrant….miscreant…impressive! O.K. maybe I am easily impressed….


Susu June 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm

No Jim you were right. The OP's use of the english language was poetical and very descriptive as well.



D-Money June 3, 2010 at 1:47 am

Why on earth did he think his mother-in-law would fit into an overhead bin?

Curb-check that old bag. 😛


The Logger June 3, 2010 at 5:07 am

Planes should be stocked with a 55 gallon drum of Vaseline, or K-Y,

to expedite the boarding process.

All bags could be sprayed with a dilute solution to eliminate the idiot problem.


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