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Overhead bins expand to fit more carry-on luggage…

Posted on 07 March 2012


This undated photo provided by American Airlines parent company AMR shows workers installing larger bins for carry-on luggage on a Boeing 737 in Tulsa, Okla.

Crowded planes and bulkier carry-on bags are forcing airlines to expand their overhead bins.


United and Delta are the latest airlines to replace or upgrade bins to hold more luggage.


About 87% of passengers carry on bags on United Continental flights. And the bags are getting bigger.


Travelers have been carrying on bigger and more bags to avoid baggage fees, which most airlines now charge. Flight attendants have complained of more injuries from having to deal with heavy bags.


United will replace bin doors on all of its Airbus A320s starting in April. The new doors curve out more to let passengers slide bags into bins wheels-first instead of sideways. The planes will hold 106 roll-on bags, up from 64.


Delta Air Lines is adding new bins to 767 jets on international routes such as Atlanta to Paris. The bins hold 26 more bags than the ones they’re replacing.


American Airlines’ new 737s will hold 48 more bags than the planes they are replacing. The planes, however, have 24 more seats. The older 737s also are getting new bin doors that curve out more.


Boeing is designing bins in its new 787 to hold a standard 9 x 14 x 22-inch roll-aboard bag. Designers used to focus on maximizing cubic inches, which was not a good fit for carry-on luggage.


Airlines also are getting tougher on travelers who have oversize carry-on bags. United, for instance, is conducting an experiment at a few airports. Agents have been instructed to look for bags that are too big or for passengers who are carrying on too much.

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