Cabin crew come across all kinds of passengers with their own unique inflight behaviours during their busy, long-haul travels. While most passengers are a pleasure to look after, it seems there are some behaviours that leave the crew feeling less than impressed.
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A viral photograph of one passenger behaviour went viral on Instagram, with cabin crew and airline workers flocking to the comments to condemn this action.
The image was snapped and shared with Instagram account @PassengerShaming where it has currently amassed 6,464 likes.
The image shows an overhead locker on an aircraft, which is packed with suitcases.
Of course, that is exactly where the luggage should be – but it is the way in which the bags have been placed that has caused irritation.
Two suitcases are slotted in sideways, leaving a gap in between.
However, it seems one passenger, unable to figure out how to fit their suitcase in a locker, has simply popped it into the space that it clearly is too large for.
Half of the suitcase remains hanging out overhead, with the locker subsequently impossible to close.
The behaviour certainly ruffled some feathers, particularly among the crew themselves.
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One vented: “BIGGEST pet peeve. Then nobody claims it when you ask. Cool, it’s an unattended bag, I’ll call security!”
A fellow flight attendant added: “My worst pet peeve! You see it will not close! And yes, we do have superpowers.”
A third described the crew as having to constantly engage in “Tetris” due to passengers incorrectly storing their bags.
They commented: “Happens all the time. Got to the point where I started telling people it’s not Tetris. It will not disappear.”
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Some feel it is a result of people sneaking on luggage that they should have checked in simply to avoid fees.
“What about the people who put their bags sideways because they snuck on a bag that should’ve been checked,” wrote an Instagram user.
However, there were passengers among the comments who jumped to defend the scenario, blaming the airlines and crew for the behaviour.
“Sorry, you have a job to do… seriously,” wrote one traveller.
“Take in luggage is monitored with size and number, no passenger should be considered out of bounds.
“Therefore it ends up being the flight attendant’s job to try and fit all luggage properly for security reasons.”
Another frustrated flier said: “Well, I have never done that but have been tempted out of frustration.
“I purchased a bag that fit what was posted by the airlines as the size I could carry on. I was able to use it a couple of times and then discovered it no longer fit the upper bins. The seating and storage bins keep getting smaller and smaller.
“No wonder people are irritable.
“I used to look forward to flying and now I just hope I get through it without missing my flight or sitting next to someone’s loud and messy kids who they have chosen not to sit next to.”
Regardless of opinions though, the crew say being a good passenger and helping them out is the key to a comfortable journey for everyone involved.
A flight attendant explained how to ensure the best journey and get on the crew’s good side in a Reddit forum.
The anonymous attendant wrote: “Stow your carry on in the overhead bin properly. I always test close the bin to make sure it’ll close.
“Close bins that are full, a lot of the shorter FAs complain about not being able to close centre bins on wide-body aircraft, especially when they’re full of 80+lbs of luggage.
“And if you come across a closed bin, don’t open it – they’re closed for a reason; and if they’re empty, it’s probably because the FAs want to stow their luggage in it.
“Putting your stuff in there is only going to make them dislike you.”
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