Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant Greets Passengers From Inside an Overhead Bin

There are a few aviation photos that are considered trophies. Photo sitting inside an engine?
Check. Photo sitting in the cockpit? Check. Wandering Aramean used to use a photo of himself crammed into an overhead bin as his avatar.

On Monday a Southwest Airlines flight attendant greeted passengers boarding a Nashville – Atlanta flight from inside an overhead bin.

[She] can be seen resting on her side and stomach, with her feet hanging out of the compartment. While passengers are boarding, the airline employee rolls over on her stomach and seems to start talking, though the video cuts off. …she was in the overhead bin “for a solid 10 minutes.”

According to Southwest Airlines,

Southwest Employees are known for demonstrating their sense of humor and unique personalities. In this instance, one of our Flight Attendants attempted to have a brief moment of fun with Customers during boarding. Of course, this is not our normal procedure, and Southwest Crews always maintain Safety as their top priority.

Put another way, in the immortal words of late Southwest Airlines co-founder Herb Kelleher, “at Southwest Airlines we have fun!”

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  1. And yet my 25 lb carry-on needs to be gate checked because it is “too heavy” for the bin…

  2. Oh my…. that rap video is one of the most cringeworthy, embarrassing, yet somehow hilarious things I’ve seen in a long time.

  3. She has to be about 125 lbs. That space is meant for about 4 bags. How dare they say that my 25 lb bag is too heavy.

  4. This story has made the rounds, and it’s weird. But finally someone reported that she was up there for the first 5-10 min of boarding.

    Look again: she’s in the overwing exit bin. Assigned seating or not, the FA has to fight to keep some space for the people seated in that row. She’s going the extra mile. Dedication and flexibility.

  5. Googling: Weird sense of humor syndrome, returns links involving Autism and Aspergers.
    For those worried about the bin holding the weight, I am sure it’s designed for four or five 50lb bags because, like the express line limiting you to 10 items or less, people quit counting after 7 items, so 15 or 20 items is close enough and then they make up their own rules when necessary.

  6. @ Leef33. You’ve identified a very consistent phenomenon that seems to be becoming the normal in today’s world, and not just at the airport . . . “they seem to make up their own rules.”

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