When boarding a flight, any commercial airline flight, from any airport in the world, you hear the same message … “Please place your carry on item under the seat in front of you. For those seated in the bulkhead, please place your bags in the overhead bin for take off and landing.”
There is a reason your bags must be stowed under the seat in front of you, especially in the bulk head, not jammed under the seat your sitting in. Well actually there are two reasons … 1) The bag must go under the seat in front of you for safety reasons. Should something happen during take off and landing your bag would become a flying projectile … 2) The bag must go under the seat in front of you, not under the seat you’re sitting in, because the space under your seat is for someone else’s bag and their feet.
I bring up this travel etiquette issue after encountering some very rude people seated in seats 7G & 7H, the bulkhead seats on my US Airways flight on an Airbus A330-243, this past Friday. Upon settling into my seat, sticking a pillow against the wall of the aircraft from my seat in 8H to rest my head, and trying to nap for my overnight flight, a couple settled into seats 7G & 7H. The woman in 7H kept pushing her bag as far as she could under her seat, pushing my bag out from under the seat, and taking up all my legroom. When I asked her politely to place her bag in the overhead bin, since she was in a bulkhead, her husband turned to me and told me to “chill” and “we paid for our seats just like everyone else.”
I still have no idea what that meant, but when a flight attendant told them they needed to place their bags in the overhead bin the husband then turned to her, pointed to me, and said “Dude is OK with the bag being there.” I assure you I was not OK with it and I was not OK with with the couple then making rude comments about the flight attendant as she placed their bags in the overhead while we taxied to the runway.
So … next time you’re in the bulkhead seats, please remember to place your bag overhead and not jam it under the seat you’re sitting in. The person behind you is entitled to the space directly under your seat for their bag and their feet.
…oh and try not to be rude to your fellow passengers. No one likes sitting in a 17-inch wide seat, with a 31-inch seat pitch, for a seven hour flight.