A pair of passengers in India engaged in a shouting match over who had rights to the a certain overhead bin on a flight. I believe that access to overhead storage in your cabin of service if purely on a first-come, first-served basis.
Is The Space Above Your Seat Yours? Passengers In India Argue Over Overhead Bin Space
Two passengers, a male and female, are captured on video yelling at each other over overhead bin space. The incident occurred on an Indigo flight and was posted to Reddit. Flight attendants intervene, but that does not stop the arguing. From what I can gather, the woman placed her bag in an open overhead bin and continued to move back toward her seat. A man who was seated in the seat above taht overhead bin arrived just behind her and objected to her using “his” space to store her bag.
My opinion, which I shared in detail in a 2020 post on this matter is fairly straightforward: it is never appropriate to move someone else’s bag. Overhead bin space is claimed on a first-come, first-served basis and the idea that you have a specific claim to any bin space is absurd (although you should only use overhead bin space in your assigned cabin of service).
If a bag has been placed above your seat, deal with it…find other space. Do not, under any circumstance, touch what doesn’t belong to you.
I do know that sometimes passengers can be obnoxious. Sometimes, the overhead bin above their row will be wide open and they will still place their bag over yours. That’s poor manners, but again, the overhead bin space is shared – you have no claim to the space above your head.
So if I’m watching this video, it seems to me this man is probably out of line.
In an era of checked bag fess, finding overhead bin space can become a contentious game. Generally, such space is utilized on a first-come, first-served basis and I have very little patience for someone who thinks they are entitled to the overhead space above them.
image: Alaska Airlines