Last week during the all-too-common announcement that the overhead bins were getting full…not to put small items overhead, etc one girl boarding said “It would be faster if they just did this.” Would it? I doubt it. Sure, it would crack down on the people who put 2 bags in the overhead. Sure, it would put all bags wheels/handles out to maximize space. Would it be faster? Doubtful. You’d have to pass your bag off to a bag stower and they would have to find a space for it or worse, we’d go gate check for all bags.
I know I may get a lot of people who disagree with me, but I only buy bags that can go into a B737/A319/MD-88 (long side) the long way. I only put my bag in sideways on certain widebodies and the EMB175s where all bags must go in sideways. I also always put my backpack under the seat in front of me. I have relatively long legs for a woman and my knees often touch the seat back in a standard economy seat, but I follow the suggestions and put my backpack in front of me. On long flights, after takeoff, I place the backpack behind my legs so I can stretch out my legs.
The real problem is that airlines are still charging many passengers for that first bag. In fact, the announcement I mentioned before never happened on the few Southwest flights I’ve flown so either Southwest flyers pack less (doubtful) or they check a bag since it’s free (or included in the price of the ticket if you are a glass half-empty person). The revenue generated must offset the additional labor and risk of a flight delay to check bags at the gate or else I have lost all faith in airline math.
So: learn to stow your bags like this and we’ll get along just fine!
Oh, and make sure you place your jacket like-so as well, but don’t take 10 years folding your jacket.