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Why Was a Southwest Flight Attendant in Overhead Bin?

Why Was a Southwest Flight Attendant in Overhead Bin?
Jennifer Billock

Southwest Airlines is at it again — the company’s flight attendants, known for their silly and entertaining antics, pulled another stunt on a recent flight: a Nashville flight attendant climbed into the overhead bin to talk to passengers from the top of the cabin, catching a lot of travelers by surprise.

Travelers leaving Nashville International Airport on Monday got quite a surprise if they were flying on one Southwest Airlines flight. The overhead bin had some precious cargo: one of the flight attendants. The flight attendant climbed up into the bin and spoke to passengers from the top of the cabin. Later, she climbed down and resumed work normally.

A passenger who was caught by surprise with the stunt recorded the flight attendant and posted the video on social media. It’s not the first time a Southwest flight attendant has taken up residence in the overhead bin, though. In February, a newly winged flight attendant climbed into one to pose for a photo on her first day.

Of course, none of this is out of the ordinary for Southwest passengers, who are regularly surprised and amused at the flight attendants’ attempts at getting travelers to listen—attempts which can include singing, dancing, or making jokes.

“As long as all of the safety and regulatory requirements are met, our flight attendants are encouraged to make onboard safety briefings engaging through the use of humor, song, or other individual twists,” Elise May, Inflight Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) at Southwest Airlines, told Skift in 2014. “One example of this is flight attendant Marty Cobb, who recently made a splash when her comedic pre-flight briefing went viral. Marty is just one example of the fun-loving spirit that Southwest employees exhibit every day to further enhance our safety culture.”

View Comments (6)


  1. alexmyboy

    August 9, 2019 at 4:53 am

    new seating arrangements

  2. stanian

    August 9, 2019 at 5:12 am

    How did she get up there? Must hav e had a bunk up, or stood on the seats, if the latter I hope she took her shoes off first, passengers have to sit on that seat.

  3. tod701

    August 9, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Did she exceed the weight limit for the bin and compromise its continued airworthiness?

  4. tuono07

    August 12, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    I’m surprised there was any overhead space left for her to get into!

  5. arcticflier

    August 13, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Its all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

    This horseplay is going to too far and should be strongly discouraged.

  6. arcticflier

    August 13, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    This is completely acceptable at a Frat Party.

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