TCL 30: Unfriendly Skies

In this week's flight crew podcast Bobby and Sara are once again joined by Gailen and our guest this week is Kitty Bean Yancey a leisure travel writer with USA Today. We discuss:

  • Kitty's recent column on the tension flight attendants face
  • Why it was easier in the "old days" to call the Captain for problems in the cabin
  • How full flights and carry on bags are adding to the stress levels
  • Using the bathroom "in your ticketed cabin"
  • Give us your trash - please!
  • and more...

What experience have you had? Write in below!

Disclaimer: The views expressed are the personal opinions of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of their employers.



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BG September 12, 2010 at 02:17 am

Here is my situation with putting my carry on under the seat in front of me:

I bring one briefcase type carry on for my laptop, books and mp3 player.

I only fly transatlantic.

I have been asked to put my briefcase carry on under the seat in front of me and it aggravates me to no end.

I don't want to fly transatlantic with no leg room because I was courteous enough not to bring a full sized roll-on onto the plane.

If I had two bags of course one should be under the seat in front of me, but if I bring one small carry on, that takes up much less room than a full roll-on then I should be allowed to place it in an overhead bin and not be punished for bringing 1 small bag (and trust me, transatlantic in the back of the plane no leg room is a punishment).

Any advice on if I am totally out in left field and/or what I could politely say to the flight attendant if I am asked to do this again?

Sara September 12, 2010 at 11:56 am

Hi BG,

You are absolutely right! The rule applies to folks who have 2 carry ons and you have every right to place your 1 carry on in the overhead. If asked to place it under your seat just politely decline...if they probe further you can explain it's your 1 bag you brought on. If the flight is full you may get asked by the aisle flight attendant to put it under your seat so she/he can accommodate someone elses bag, but just like being asked to switch to a middle seat so someone else can sit together, you have the right to say no.

Thanks for listening!

Ditto to what Sara said. Also, if you can point out someone who DID bring on 2 bags (especially if neither are small) we're more able to help you out by asking THEM to put a bag under the seat in front on them instead.

Hey, flying is dog eat dog; sometimes you gotta be a 'dobber' :P

BG September 17, 2010 at 02:35 am

Thank you very much. I feel better about the whole issue now. If it comes up again (last trip the flight attendant took my laptop bag out of the overhead and asked around who's it was) I'll emphasize the point that under the seat applies to when you have two carry ons and I only have one, that is a very good, simple point and hopefully will address the issue if it even comes up.

Love the podcast!