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Old 07-22-2010, 08:07 AM
 
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I got an email from an airline saying "purchase "group 1" on general boarding, and be one of the first to board and have more time, even to store your belongings on the overhead compartment" - wait a minute - isn't the overhead compartment, at least technically, assigned with room for every seat?! If I cannot occupy the space I pay for, the stewardess will find a place to put my stuff, that area is part of my seat!!

OMG, I don't even know what to say!!What else are we going to pay for as an added/optional fee?!
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:02 AM
 
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I got an email from an airline saying "purchase "group 1" on general boarding, and be one of the first to board and have more time, even to store your belongings on the overhead compartment" - wait a minute - isn't the overhead compartment, at least technically, assigned with room for every seat?! If I cannot occupy the space I pay for, the stewardess will find a place to put my stuff, that area is part of my seat!!

OMG, I don't even know what to say!!What else are we going to pay for as an added/optional fee?!
The overheads aren't reserved, just your seat.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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Exactly correct, Wheelsup. There is NO reserved overhead space. First come, first serve (except for First Class compartment. I make sure the First Class has room for their belongings. They pay PLENTY for those seats!)
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:14 AM
 
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So the rule is instead of exercising good sense and using, say, at least the "supposed" room one has for a seat, e.g. 1/3 of each overhead compartment section, the first person who gets there and fills it to the brim regardless of others is right?!

Whoever "runs" and gets there first "wins"?! I cannot believe it!!

I am not talking about what happens in actuality, some people are just clueless and I know that, I am talking about what the airlines "rule" regarding that should be.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:23 AM
 
Location: on an island
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the first person who gets there and fills it to the brim regardless of others is right?!

Whoever "runs" and gets there first "wins"?! I cannot believe it!!
What you say here is what I have witnessed the last several flights I've been on. I've even seen people put their carry-on in the nearest bin right as they board the plane, then march back to their seat in the rear of the cabin.

I wish people could be more civilized and considerate, but flying is not the same as it was 15 years ago, let alone in the golden age of the 50's-60's.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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I agree with Blue Willow Plate. How I wish people were more considerate and civilized when they fly! Sadly, they are not.

One thing to keep in mind is this: an aircraft, lets say an Airbus 319, can accomodate approximately 60 roller boards in the overheads. No more. The plane holds 124 passengers. So, if everyone brought just one carry-on AND reserved the overheads JUST for suitcases (putting other baggage UNDER THEIR SEAT as we B E G them to do), we would still only be able to stow half of the bags.

Clearly, when airlines started to charge for checked bags, it became a nightmare onboard. I don't blame folks for wanting to avoid that charge and carry items on. The problem is, there is simply NO WAY the airplane can hold all that luggage in the cabin.

Frustrating? Yes. I sure dont know the answer to how to resolve it. It makes my job extremely difficult.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:38 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Southwest allows you to pay to get group A so that you don't have to run to your iPhone or laptop to check in 24 hours before.

As far as the carry ons go, I have to say I've never had an issue finding space near my seat. Our last flight, we were moved up to an earlier flight. It was 15 minutes before takeoff and everyone has already boarded. We were the last ones to board on a full, San Diego bound flight. We still found a lot of room for both of our carry ons. It seems that more and more are checking bags for whatever reason.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:29 AM
 
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What you say here is what I have witnessed the last several flights I've been on. I've even seen people put their carry-on in the nearest bin right as they board the plane, then march back to their seat in the rear of the cabin.

I wish people could be more civilized and considerate, but flying is not the same as it was 15 years ago, let alone in the golden age of the 50's-60's.
Just fair warning (not to you but others who may read this), I have seen that used as a "trick". Coach passengers board plane and put up front or (even worse) in the first class space. If I see that (I get on first even if not upgraded, due to FF privlidges) your luggage will, depending on my mood, be put in the aisle. Good luck finding it after this happens. Sure it's first come first serve, put it at, around, adjacent to, across from, your seat...but for those that put it up front and walk back, what happens when all the front bins are full and the back bins are empty?

Put it in first class as you board? Definite no no. The flight attendants will usually catch that and "gate check" it without your knowledge (or they may do a purposely quite inquiry "who's is this, oh no one here? well we just have to gate check this, not enough room here"). Chances are you will never see your luggage again.

So I would recommend against that trick. Us frequent flyers have tricks to.

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Old 07-22-2010, 10:52 AM
 
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Frustrating? Yes. I sure dont know the answer to how to resolve it. It makes my job extremely difficult.
One thing you can do Flight Attendant - stop REWARDING those that bring the cargo size suitcases at the cost of those that simply bring a laptop or small bag.
I try to do the right thing - I check in my luggage. I have bad knees and will put my single-small-only carry on-laptop bag in the overhead. What happense is a flight attendant will see this and say "hmm, small bag. Well I can remove this, fit in the idiot's cargo suitcase, and make the poor shmo that brought the small bag stuff it into his foot space and make his flying experience even worse".

Then the flight attendant will ask me - do you mind sitting in a cramped space with no foot room so we can accomadate the idiot with the huge bag? I am starting to refuse, and telling them my reasons. Gate check them!
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:37 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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With the checked baggage fees, I now fly SWA almost exclusively, even tho have elite status on the main carriers. On traditional carriers, It takes way too long for folks to find a specific seat and 'stash their trash' (Huge bags). I'd rather 'get-it-over-with', tho I do (did) love to fly.

747-100 upper deck window seat, tho only way to fly! (your own 'console' / blanket chest for carry-on, and foot rest while reclining and sleeping.)
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