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This Small Seat Design on Some Planes Makes It Easier to Access Overhead Bins

Airports + Flying
by Morgane Croissant Apr 2, 2024

Traveling with a packed-to-the-brim carry-on is great for saving your hard-earned dollars, but it’s not so great when it’s time to lift that luggage over your head to fit it into an overhead bin.

Because, when it comes to get your bag in the overhead compartment, you’re on your own — flight attendants are not supposed to help you lift your carry-on, mostly because of potential injuries and also because they have a lot more to do than help you resolve your over-packing issues. So, unless you have some very kind people around you ready to help, or have been pumping iron in preparation for just that moment, you’re going to be struggling.

One simple solution is for you to practise pulling your carry-on above your head at home before your flight; if you can’t do it, dive into your bag and make some cuts to lighten the load. Another possibility is for aircraft interior designers to clue in on the issue and start making all the overhead bins more easily accessible. It’s already the case for some of the aircrafts operated by Philippine low-cost airline Cebu Pacific.

As demonstrated by flight attendant _hennylim_ in a TikTok video, some aircrafts are fitted with step bars which allow passengers and crew members to reach the overhead compartments without having to stretch on the tip of their toes, or even worse, climb on the aisle seat with their disgusting shoes. It’s a small, simple feature, but one that could save everyone a lot of time and energy.

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Why isn’t this very basic design feature found on every single commercial airplane in the world, you ask? Who knows. Probably for the same reason that airplane trash cans, with their manually operated flap, are still a thing, or that you still can’t flush an airplane toilet by using a foot-operated pedal instead of touching a grimy button: Passengers experience isn’t at the top of aircraft designers’ priorities, apparently.

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