Remove your backpacks

Old Oct 23, 2022, 3:12 pm
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Remove your backpacks

Sitting AT gate in AKL waiting for flight to board and adjacent gate NZ141 to Brisbane is boarding.
They have now called out already three times "if you are wearing a backpack for your safety please remove this and carry in front of your body"

It's very odd, I have never heard this before. Is the gate agent ad libbing or some new boarding policy?
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Old Oct 23, 2022, 3:49 pm
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Strange. Haven’t had this the past few times I went to Brisbane. I’d imagine this will be because people will be banging into each other with their bags. I don’t think it’s a standard spiel, unless it’s changed in the past two weeks or so.
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Old Oct 23, 2022, 3:59 pm
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It appears common on flights out of LHR - I have heard same on several flights over last couple of months. SQ made it clear it for safety of other passengers.
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Old Oct 23, 2022, 4:13 pm
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This is normal for a lot of flights, not just Air New Zealand?

I don't think its part of their official announcement but it is something I have heard staff request as an addition, from a wide range of airlines, and for good reason.

With your bag in your front, it means it sways less, and you can see where it is, so it doesn't bump accidentally into people in a small crowded space, like a plane.

As a courtesy, I do it myself when I remember, without having to be asked. It wasn't something I had thought of until I was on a plane one day and it was requested. Rather than find it strange, I thought it made a lot of sense and now do it in any crowded situation such as trains etc when I can.
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Old Oct 23, 2022, 4:30 pm
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Originally Posted by kiwifrequentflyer
This is normal for a lot of flights, not just Air New Zealand?

I don't think its part of their official announcement but it is something I have heard staff request as an addition, from a wide range of airlines, and for good reason.

With your bag in your front, it means it sways less, and you can see where it is, so it doesn't bump accidentally into people in a small crowded space, like a plane.

As a courtesy, I do it myself when I remember, without having to be asked. It wasn't something I had thought of until I was on a plane one day and it was requested. Rather than find it strange, I thought it made a lot of sense and now do it in any crowded situation such as trains etc when I can.
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Or the people who trail their wheelie bag in such a way it gets caught on every seat and knee along the way.
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Old Oct 23, 2022, 7:24 pm
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Originally Posted by kiwifrequentflyer
This is normal for a lot of flights, not just Air New Zealand?

I don't think its part of their official announcement but it is something I have heard staff request as an addition, from a wide range of airlines, and for good reason.

With your bag in your front, it means it sways less, and you can see where it is, so it doesn't bump accidentally into people in a small crowded space, like a plane.

As a courtesy, I do it myself when I remember, without having to be asked. It wasn't something I had thought of until I was on a plane one day and it was requested. Rather than find it strange, I thought it made a lot of sense and now do it in any crowded situation such as trains etc when I can.
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I ALWAYS travel with a work backpack and I have NEVER hit anyone, and I am not going to carry it around my front like some fanny pack. I would expect it on JQ perhaps (not that I would listen) where they treat pax like infants but not on Air NZ, patronising nonsense
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Old Oct 23, 2022, 7:45 pm
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interesting - to me, it is just etiquette; it is very common in Asia (Japan, Korea, Hong Kong) that people will wear their backpack at the front in crowded places and Japan and Korea has overhead compartment for passengers to put their backpack on the shelf. While I was not there, but I assume the gate agent saw a few people with backpacks on that particular date?
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Old Oct 23, 2022, 9:58 pm
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Originally Posted by oranjemakker
I ALWAYS travel with a work backpack and I have NEVER hit anyone, and I am not going to carry it around my front like some fanny pack. I would expect it on JQ perhaps (not that I would listen) where they treat pax like infants but not on Air NZ, patronising nonsense
To your knowledge you have never hit anyone, but that does not mean you have not almost hit someone. At that might be because those with better situational awareness were aware that your backpack was going to hit them and stepped out of the away.
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Old Oct 23, 2022, 10:52 pm
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I heard such an announcement on a few AirNZ domestic flights a couple of months ago, nothing recently.

Also "if you have a water bottle in overhead", please get it out as it might leak
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Old Oct 23, 2022, 11:04 pm
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Cabin crew on my BA A380 flight YVR-LHR made some comments as the masses boarded about being aware on your backpack. But that was onboard.

I was already in my seat thankfully as a QF Gold.
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Old Oct 24, 2022, 12:59 am
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Not sure what specific scenario that the announcement is intended to prevent, but the biggest issue that I've seen with backpacks is if one is sitting in an aisle seat during boarding and someone wearing a backpack is standing right beside and happens to turn even slightly, the aisle seat persons head will be in the backpacks way.
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Old Oct 24, 2022, 2:24 am
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Originally Posted by econ
Not sure what specific scenario that the announcement is intended to prevent, but the biggest issue that I've seen with backpacks is if one is sitting in an aisle seat during boarding and someone wearing a backpack is standing right beside and happens to turn even slightly, the aisle seat persons head will be in the backpacks way.
I've been hit a few times over the years, in the head or the face, in exactly that scenario. I always carry my bag in front of me as I get on the plane.
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Old Oct 24, 2022, 4:23 am
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Originally Posted by edmm
I've been hit a few times over the years, in the head or the face, in exactly that scenario. I always carry my bag in front of me as I get on the plane.
Ive never heard an announcement like that, but I too always carry my backpack in front while boarding.
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Old Oct 24, 2022, 8:33 am
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Originally Posted by econ
Not sure what specific scenario that the announcement is intended to prevent, but the biggest issue that I've seen with backpacks is if one is sitting in an aisle seat during boarding and someone wearing a backpack is standing right beside and happens to turn even slightly, the aisle seat persons head will be in the backpacks way.
Ive had that happen to me a few times over the years.

Because I dont want to be That Mouse to someone else, I now always move my own backpack from my back to my front when Im on the jet bridge and about ten people away from getting into the plane.
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Old Oct 24, 2022, 11:35 am
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i have been hit in the face by people removing or putting on their backpacks. they just dont think about others. Even been hit by someone putting on their jacket - complete ignorance in my view.
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