This blog has a feature of rants by myself and this latest one is fresh in my mind as I write. If only I had the chance to tell the selfish people behind me to please don’t move my bag then I maybe calmer than I am now. But then again, they were so keen to get their own way I wouldn’t win anyway.
On Monday morning I was taking a short haul flight followed by a connection for a long haul flight. I was one of the earlier passengers to board and had the joy of sitting in the aisle seat 6D.
As I approached my seat there was already someone at the window seat but the middle and my seat in this row of three were free. However, the overhead baggage bin for row 6 was already virtually full. There was insufficient room for my bag, but enough space for the coat and scarf of the gentleman who sat in seat 6E, beside me.
Aware of this situation I did what anybody else would do, I put my bag in the nearest available overhead cabin which was row 7, right beside my row. As I did this the guy behind said “We are sat there.” I then briefly explained to him that the luggage cabin above my seat was virtually full so it made sense to place it here. It was in standing reach for me from my seat and there was still enough room in the luggage compartment for other people to place luggage above row 7.
Already I could sense tension building between the two of us but I didn’t want to make anything of it. As a frequent traveller I know that my behaviour was normal and far from unreasonable. Did this guy really think he had exclusive claim to the luggage cabin over row 7? Because if he did then he needs a reality check, big time.
I sat down and didn’t think anymore of it until after we’d taken off.
It was only then after take off that the lady sat behind me, who happened to be travelling with this guy tapped me on the shoulder.
She got my attention to tell me that my single item of luggage had been moved back a further few rows. No explanation as to why or by whom, just that it had been moved.
Now I really was seething. Who had moved my luggage? Where was it? And why was it moved?
If the crew had moved it then fine, I can accept that. However I know that when crew move luggage they would have informed me, I was sat right underneath the luggage bin.
Yet no. I had no explanation but only suspicion which would be confirmed later.
Now for the duration of this flight I was sat wondering where exactly my luggage was. I also knew that now I couldn’t disembark the aircraft in turn. Simple really because I would have to push back through people to find my luggage and then try to get off.
After the plane landed I asked the lady behind me exactly where my luggage was. She casually waved behind to the left side of the aircraft and said it was “back there somewhere”.
I was stumped now. People behind me, also with connections were trying to get off and I wouldn’t be able to get past them. So I had to let the people in my row out then sit down and wait for the plane to mostly empty. Even though I had consciously chosen a seat near the front for an early exit for my connection, I couldn’t exit in turn.
My bag was more than 4 rows back so I couldn’t even stretch to reach it, I had to wait my turn. And that turn was one of the last people to disembark.
So why was my luggage moved without my consent and what went in it’s place? Well yes you guessed it, the luggage belonging to the party of 3 sat in row 7, directly behind me. They had 4 bags and wanted exclusive access to the overhead bin, even though I only had one item of luggage.
It was clearly far too much inconvenience for them to put some in overhead luggage cabin bin 7 and some in row 8. The selfish sods.
I found this gentleman who sat behind me to be one of the most self centred and inconsiderate travellers I have come across in recent times. He took exception to the fact that my luggage bin was virtually full when I arrived and felt that I should be significantly inconvenienced rather than both of us having an obvious and workable solution.
They had 4 items of luggage for goodness sake and I had one! What do they expect?
I am quite happy to accommodate other people’s needs if it is sensible and reasonable. I am also mindful to follow the instructions of the flight crew. If the flight crew ask to move my luggage then they have a clear reason.
I do however have great resentment to my possessions being moved without my consent and selfish acts which significantly delay my disembarking the flight.
Just consider if the flight had been delayed and I had to run to my connection, what would I do then? Sorry I didn’t make my connection but some selfish sod on my first flight moved my luggage out of reach and without my permission.
I know some of you reading this might think “Big deal” there are more important problems in the world. You would be right to think so. However, little acts go a long way and when people show a lack of consideration for others it makes travel and life a little bit more stressful than it should be.
So if you ever take a flight and find your current overhead luggage bin full then please don’t move my bag. Find the next available space which is close by, after all that is what I did and most reasonable people do.