75% of Families Steal Overhead Bin Space Plus How 50 Cent’s Bankruptcy May Be Travel-Related

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  1. “75% said they “stole” overhead bin space that wasn’t theirs” —
    I didn’t know there was “ownership” of bin space on airplanes. First come -first serve is the prevailing rule so I thought.

  2. I’m sure American figured they’d get ahead of another presidential deal-with-the-devil in the restarting the Caracas route.

  3. @Robert: As a non-American, I completely agree with you. We were all disappointed to see the embargo on American tourists in Cuba go away. Thanks Obama!

    The most surprising thing in the Expertflyer survey is that people’s greatest fear about travelling is terrorism? Really? All in all, it’s a pretty rare event.

  4. “…but 60% did it because someone took their overhead space first.”
    Not sure why this has anything to do with family travel. Sounds like click bait.

  5. No need to have anti-white racists like 50 Cent regain the privilege to be in luxury hotels anymore. Obama is in the Oklahoma City Federal jail now, making that terrorist 50 Cent’s bed for the Raquel Welsh poster.

  6. @Robert: read it yourself? Or depending on Faux blowhards for your “opinion”?

  7. There is no such thing as “stealing” overhead bin space. If the space over your seat is full then you put your bag wherever there is open space. Preferably you look for your row and the bin above it BEFORE you get to it. That way you can place your bag slightly AHEAD of where your seat is in the event the bin nearest you is full. People who think the bin over their seat is strictly “theirs” are in fact morons. It is community space for everyone. The biggest issue is during the winter in places like ORD when people INSIST on jamming their big puffy jackets into the bins before everyone has boarded, despite the 47 announcements from the FA about not putting coats in bins until after everyone has boarded. There are too many “entitled” and “stupid” flyers out there, and that is why air travel has essentially become boarding a city bus with wings.

  8. “For ongoing spend, however, Citi Double Cash is a far better rebate card — and Chase Sapphire Preferred remains best overall.”

    why is citi double cash better? with the barclays you earn a 5% rebate
    and CSP is the worst for non bonus spend. 1 Ur point < 2.05 cents

  9. @high end hobo – Citi Double Cash is *cash* at 2%, that’s far better than 2.11% towards travel that you can only use in minimum amounts. And I didn’t say that Chase Sapphire Preferred is best for non-bonused spend, just best overall although it does depend on your spend mix and the Chase points’ transferability is highly valuable, lets you essentially buy miles in choice of program at a discount.

  10. I read recently that instead of up-gauging Austin-LHR to a 777, that they are instead going to use a 789…

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