United Airlines flight 5505 from Aspen to Denver was delayed two hours on Wednesday because a passenger broke the latch on an overhead bin. Everyone on board – or almost everybody – was certainly connecting and most likely missed their connections.
It was a simple fix, but the United Express CRJ-700 flight operated by SkyWest needed a mechanic and didn’t have anyone on the ground in Aspen to do it. The wait was primarily for a maintenance worker to respond and drive to the airport for the quick work and associated paperwork.
Many people are blaming the passenger who broke the overhead bin closure because we will probably miss our connections. But come on FAA and @united, use common sense! The overhead bin with the broken door is now EMPTY!
— Annabelle – Flying Pig Kitchen (@FlyingPigRises) September 20, 2023
Things happen. We don’t know if the passenger forced the bin improperly, or the latch was on the verge of breaking to begin with. But everyone was sitting on board looking at the person who’d done it.
— Annabelle – Flying Pig Kitchen (@FlyingPigRises) September 21, 2023
Fortunately tensions didn’t escalate too far. But as people watched the clock tick and their chances of connecting slipping away, people were “blaming the passenger who broke the overhead bin closure.” He’s sitting there, in his seat, squirming knowing that he bears some responsibility for what’s happening not only to his own travel day but that of everyone else on board.
Another passenger even describes him in a photo on social media as “culprit.” It’s like forever being branded with a scarlet C. Or a United blue C.