Somehow I missed this earlier in the week, but the video below brings disputes over overhead bin space to a whole new level. All I can say is that fighting with fellow passengers concerning overhead bin space is always a fool’s errand.
Hair-Pulling Brawl Over Overhead Bin Space On Tunis Air
Some background: On April 10th, passengers boarded Tunis Air flight TU216 from Tunis (TUN) to Istanbul (IST). The Airbus A320 was scheduled to leave at 4:55pm. Whilst boarding, a kerfuffle broke out over the allocation of overhead bin space. A full fight broke out.
It is not clear who the instigators were, but a male and female passenger had to be separated by flight attendants as they yelled and lunged at one another. At one point, the male passenger grabs the female passenger by her hair, pulls her backwards, then punches her. Several other passengers became involved in the brawl.
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The skirmish delayed the flight by just over two hours. The flight attendants, both male wearing suit coats in the video above, were apparently taunted and harassed for stepping in.
It is not clear if any arrests were made or if the offending passengers were removed, though they now face prosecution.
A Tunis Air spokesperson noted:
An investigation has been opened and that the passengers, at the origin of the incident, could be the subject of prosecution.
This fight caused a delay of five hours and financial losses were suffered by the company.
Judging by the comments in this post, overhead bin space is indeed a contentious issue.
I don’t share this story because it is entertaining. Truly, it is a timely reminder–especially as airplanes fill up again–that overhead bin space is shared space and that if someone brings on too much carry-on baggage, take it up with the flight attendant or just leave it alone. I strongly discourage anyone from engaging directly with the offender.