Bigger is Better: Airlines add bigger luggage bins but don’t ease carry-on restrictions

Many airline passengers live in a state of anxiety because of overhead bins. They keep pondering if space will be available or not when they reach their row, fearing that if there isn’t, they’ll have to return to the front of the plane to check their luggage. And airlines don’t like this either, because last-minute checked bags are challenging to handle and it may lead to delayed departures. But there’s some good news: Boeing and Airbus have solutions for the carry-on crunch; bigger luggage bins that can hold more bags.

Airbus and Boeing aircrafts come with bigger luggage bins

Now Airbus and Boeing aircrafts come with larger overhead compartments. Amerian Airlines has added six new Airbus planes to its fleet. Its new Airbus A321 Neo planes flying from Los Angeles to Orlando have bigger luggage bins. They have about 40% more luggage space compared to the older planes. Following the band wagon, other airlines like Delta and Alaska have also added Airbus and Boeing aircrafts.

 Airlines add bigger luggage bins but don’t ease carry-on restrictions
Airlines add bigger luggage bins but don’t ease carry-on restrictions

No ease on carry-on bag restrictions

While the bigger luggage bins ease the frustration of passengers trying to find space to stow their carry-on luggage, airlines are more likely to promote them. However, this does not imply that airlines are planning to ease carry-on bag restrictions. You cannot stuff the roomier bins with more or bigger bags just because they’re more spacious. The carry-on bag restrictions still prevail. In fact, last year, Alaska Airlines had reduced the maximum size of carry-on luggage by 32%. Over the last decade, airlines had been charging check luggage to cram in more seats for profits but on the contrary the luggage fees prompted fliers to pack more into carry-on bags to avoid checking suitcases. And extra seats meant additional passengers and thus, more carry-on bags. But now the move to bigger luggage bins comes after years of experimentation with new ways to increase revenue such as charging for early boarding, extra leg room so that airlines could remain profitable amidst economic downturns, fierce competition, rising wages and fluctuating fuel costs.

Alaska Airbus A320

Bigger luggage bins can boost profit for airlines

Baggage is a great revenue producer for airlines. The bigger bins could be money makers for airlines because passengers are less likely to clog plane aisles while stowing and retrieving carry-on bags, which leads to costly delays. The bigger bins remove chances of flight delays that occur when fliers unable to find space for their carry-on luggage and are forced to check the bags into the cargo hold. And the megabins create additional real estate that airlines can, in effect, rent out by enticing fliers to pay for early boarding to ensure their bags get into a nearby overhead.




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