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Question For USA F/As Re Carry-On  
User currently offlineASTROJET707 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 299 posts, RR: 5
Posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2542 times:

I flew AA DFW to ORD(7:50am) on 5/20 and was the last one to board as I was waiting for an upgrade. As I entered the aircraft I showed the F/A my boarding pass and said, "I am at the bulkhead in 3A can I put my briefcase in the closet". She responded "No, no carry-on allowed". She walked me down the aisle, opening all the bins...she finally asked the passenger behind me if he would mind my briefcase under his seat for take off and landing. Is there an FAA rule or regulation that does not permit passenger items in the closet? It may sound silly, but I see F/As allowing bags in the closet all the time. Thanks.

AJ707

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User currently offlineThunder9 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2516 times:

AJ --

There's not any FAA restriction against stowing carry-on baggage in the closet. However, there is a rule/reg (unsure if it's FAA or AA) that prohibits items stowed in the closet from being stacked (no cargo nets, I guess). Knowing that you were on an AA MD-80 and there is only one closet, the crew bags get stowed in the closet. Once they have their stuff in there, it's done. Hell, it's virtually impossible to stow a folding walker that so many elderly passengers use once all the crew bags are stowed.

If the crew wanted, they could leave the closet open, but then they would only have the overhead bins to stow their bags. That space is already at a premium, so the closet has pretty much become the crew bag stowage. There is the occasional garment bag or umbrella stroller that gets put in the closet, but those are becoming more rare.

Next time you're at the D, look me up at A14 1200-2030 Sun-Wed. Would be cool to meet another A.netter in person!  Smile

-J



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User currently offlineSac From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 98 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2447 times:

Actually, just about every compartment, closet, and stowage area on a aircraft does have weight limits. Some closets are weighted and stressed just for coats.

User currently offlineHighguy76 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 184 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2400 times:

Also, if rules at AA are anything like CO, the closet, especially on smaller ac is reserved for large, must ride items like wheel chairs, crutches and other items for pax needing special attention.
Many times, I'll ask a pax to hold on to a non-essential item for a few minutes, and then if there is room, I will place it in the closet. Some FAs may not have time to do this. Boarding is a pretty frenetic and busy time.
HG


User currently offlineNws2002 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 883 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2380 times:



Quoting Highguy76 (Reply 3):
Also, if rules at AA are anything like CO, the closet, especially on smaller ac is reserved for large, must ride items like wheel chairs, crutches and other items for pax needing special attention.
Many times, I'll ask a pax to hold on to a non-essential item for a few minutes, and then if there is room, I will place it in the closet. Some FAs may not have time to do this. Boarding is a pretty frenetic and busy time.
HG

I do the same thing, keep the closet open for items that need it, and then use the space for excess carry-ons if theres any left.


User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2364 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2261 times:

They should follow Frontier's boarding method.

If you are in a bulkhead seat you get priority boarding so that your carry on can go in the overhead compartment. Nice surprise when the check-in agent told me that in April!


User currently offlineSafetyDemo From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2150 times:

At my airline the wardrobe closet onboard is off-limits for everything. Nothing is allowed to be stored in there. Be it a crew bag, a passenger bag, a wheelchair or a set of crutches, etc. The reason is that there is no certified calculation in the weight and balance the pilots complete for whatever may be stowed in there (it isn't included, apparently).

Many passengers don't understand this - and it can aggravate them. But what am I supposed to do about that, besides smile and apologize? Ahhh ... the joys of the airline industry!



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