I agree with you. Unfortunately, too many people see carrying on a bunch of crap as their right, which was gained when they purchased the ticket. While they may think that they'll be able to leave the airport upon arrival quicker, since they won't have to wait for checked luggage, they don't' understand that carrying on all that stuff can actually make them depart late. True, if a departure is up to about 15 minutes late, it typically can still arrive on time depending on the wind, altitude, etc., but I've been on flights were people have felt the need to bring so much stuff on board that the line's backed up all the way up the jetway. This is especially true this time of year, with presents, and, I've found, with folks with babies/infants/little kids. I'm not trying to start anything with any parents out there, but why does a kid need so much stuff, especially on shorter flights (less than 2 hours)?
But then again, I can't really complain. Once I had to bring crutches on board, and the f/a helped me stowe them up above my seat and attempted to make sure that no one opened that bin. Unfortunately, someone running late whipped the bin open with all the fury of a bat out of hell and the crutches bonked me in the head. Oh well, at least no one else got hit.
But what really irks me is when people put their rolling carry on's in sideways! Thank god that they're finally making overhead bins deep enough to hold a rolling carry on. I know that 717s and 738s have this feature, but can't recall any others off the top of my head.
Wow, I guess I had to vent too.
United 717 heavy, you're facing the wrong way. Any chance you can powerback to get off of my deice pad?