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User currently offlineAmerican MD-80 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 724 times:

Hi All
Did the FAA make all airlines install closed overhead racks on their planes? I have seen quite a few photos that show open overhead racks.

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User currently offlineAsqx From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 619 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 694 times:

Origionally, overhead racks were all you had in an airplane. Partly because most people didn't carry all of their luggage with them, and partly because nobody had thought of putting in closed bins. Then, I think around the time the 747 came out (atleast in the late 60s early 70s) overhead bins started to come into larger planes. To give passengers that "big plane" feel and add increased storage space, manufacturers started putting in the closed bins we know now.

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