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New Boeing 737s to get innovative Space Bins, increasing cabin capacity by 48 percentSpace Bins on an Alaska Airlines 737-900ER will hold as many as 174 standard carry-on bags, a 48 percent increase compared to current bins that hold up to 117 bags. Space Bins are deep enough to store nonstandard items, such as a guitar. Space Bins will arrive on all next-generation 737 and 737 Max airplanes delivered to Alaska Airlines starting in late 2015. (www.oregonlive.com) More...
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How about we use the sizing boxes next to the ramp door. If your item fits, you get priority boarding. Green band around the handle. If it doesn't fit, don't necessarily make them gate check, but they board later and have to fight for what space is left. Try fitting that under your seat. Over packers will be very pissy, but will learn. Also, while it will slow down the crowd at the door, it should speed things up in the plane. European airlines are very strict about carry-on size and weight. We need to follow their lead.
Haven't been on there in awhile but Pinnacle/NWA/Endeavor/continued on into DAL, at least the regional, were doing that back in the NWA days and have continued on and were fairly religious about enforcement of it. It was pass or gate check and if a problem on the plane, it went to the hold.
How about if your bag won't fit in the box at the gate you don't gate check them but tell them to go back to the ticketing counter and check it? And tell them "hope you make your flight"
personally, that makes the most sense
The problem is not with the size of the overhead bins...it's with people's lack of courtesy or abundance of ignorance in the fact that overhead bin space is "shared" among all passengers on a flight. Until we make the connection between the two (and we probably never will), no amount of increase in bin space is going to help. Also, when was the last time you saw anyone drag on a "standard size" carry-on?? Now-a-days it's roll-aboard expando bags and oversized duffles that look as if they're more suited for transporting a body, rather than personal belongings.