It’s that time of year when an already tight space on a plane, train or automobile seems even tighter, thanks to those extra holiday presents or layers of bulky winter clothing you’re wearing. Maybe it just feels worse because of the airspace intrusion of an oversized seatmate or a yapping emotional-support poodle. Read more “‘Tis the season for minimalist travel”
Next time you fly, look up. Before you open that overhead bin, think about Shari Altarache and the injuries she says she sustained on a recent flight.
Luggage falling out of overhead bins isn’t a new problem. Back in 2000, when I wrote this story, an average of 12 people a day were getting hurt from bags that dropped on them.
With the major domestic airlines now charging for the first checked bag — and some even adding fees for carry-on luggage — is it any wonder more people are trying to cram everything into the overhead space?