"Pa Kettle, remove your bag from F"

 

Old Jan 26, 10, 2:16 pm
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"Pa Kettle, remove your bag from F"

I was on this fully packed flight where during the boarding process, this passenger in coach ditched his suitcase into the bin in F. It was early in the boarding process, so there was still overhead space in back. The plane filled and some first class passengers boarded in a group of four, but there was no space for their bags. The FA actually got on the horn and said, "Passengers in coach, if you have placed your bag in the first class cabin, it will be removed from the aircraft." I had never heard this before.

The sorry sack who had ditched his bag made the walk of shame to claim it.
I don't know if it was his bag that had to be checked before take off.
You know, with all the distractions in F. Champagne, caviar, and back massages.
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Old Jan 26, 10, 2:23 pm
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I wish more FAs would do that. I've never heard them make a PA announcement, but have seen some catching Y passengers in the act (trying to put carry-ons in the F bines) and directing them to stow their bags in the back.
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Old Jan 26, 10, 2:33 pm
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I've seen this several times and, thanks to the new checked bag fees, it will happen more often. A direct result of these new fees is the OH becoming scarce. GAs and FAs will have to start enforcing both size and quantity limits or this will only get worse.
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Old Jan 26, 10, 2:35 pm
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I have seen the opposite. FAs have put my bags in F since there was no place in the rear.
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Old Jan 26, 10, 2:40 pm
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Originally Posted by videomaker View Post
I wish more FAs would do that. I've never heard them make a PA announcement, but have seen some catching Y passengers in the act (trying to put carry-ons in the F bines) and directing them to stow their bags in the back.
+1. Nothing about the baggage process is worse for a premium cabin passenger who has a legal carryon than being forced either to check your bag or swim upstream to row 40 after landing.

Originally Posted by libuser View Post
I have seen the opposite. FAs have put my bags in F since there was no place in the rear.
Once all the F pax have boarded & stowed their bags, then the FAs should be doing exactly that. But it's the FAs - not the Y pax - who get to decide that.
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Old Jan 26, 10, 2:41 pm
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Originally Posted by clark_addison View Post
The sorry sack who had ditched his bag made the walk of shame to claim it.


Originally Posted by libuser View Post
I have seen the opposite. FAs have put my bags in F since there was no place in the rear.
Chances are, everyone in F already had their bags stowed.
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Old Jan 26, 10, 2:42 pm
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I hope you gave the FA an AAplause certificate. That's outstanding!

Usually the violators are elites who didn't get upgraded but sometimes it is Ma/Pa Kettle. I guess I'm a purist. If I'm not in F, I'd never dream of putting my bag there. Why do folks, particularly elites, who aren't in F do it?
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Old Jan 26, 10, 2:43 pm
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Originally Posted by libuser View Post
I have seen the opposite. FAs have put my bags in F since there was no place in the rear.
If the F has fully boarded (FA know how many are expected) and there is sufficient room, yes the FA will use that space, which I see no issue with. In my experience, FAs are fairly good at stopping the bin thieves from the back. Some F paxs like to board last to avoid the gate lice and the stampede but if overhead space is needed to me not a good idea.
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Old Jan 26, 10, 2:51 pm
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Originally Posted by videomaker View Post
I wish more FAs would do that. I've never heard them make a PA announcement, but have seen some catching Y passengers in the act (trying to put carry-ons in the F bines) and directing them to stow their bags in the back.
And some elite F pax prefer this method:

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Old Jan 26, 10, 3:05 pm
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Originally Posted by clark_addison View Post
You know, with all the distractions in F. Champagne, caviar, and back massages.
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Old Jan 26, 10, 3:07 pm
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One of the things I've never understood is why F passengers want to board first. What I'd rather have them do is guarantee I will get my carry on's in the OH if I'm elite and let me board at the very LAST minute. Start general boarding at 30 minutes out and elite boarding at 15 minutes so I can finish working on stuff in the club. The only thing that stops me from doing this is if I need overhead space...IMO a bigger benefit than boarding first would be the right to board last but have guaranteed OH space!

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Old Jan 26, 10, 3:17 pm
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Originally Posted by stiphy View Post
One of the things I've never understood is why F passengers want to board first. What I'd rather have them do is guarantee I will get my carry on's in the OH if I'm elite and let me board at the very LAST minute. Start general boarding at 30 minutes out and elite boarding at 15 minutes so I can finish working on stuff in the club. The only thing that stops me from doing this is if I need overhead space...IMO a bigger benefit than boarding first would be the right to board last but have guaranteed OH space!

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agreed
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Old Jan 26, 10, 3:19 pm
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Originally Posted by stiphy View Post
One of the things I've never understood is why F passengers want to board first. What I'd rather have them do is guarantee I will get my carry on's in the OH if I'm elite and let me board at the very LAST minute. Start general boarding at 30 minutes out and elite boarding at 15 minutes so I can finish working on stuff in the club. The only thing that stops me from doing this is if I need overhead space...IMO a bigger benefit than boarding first would be the right to board last but have guaranteed OH space!

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+1. Then the FAs could also gather coats and serve pre-departure drinks without so many backups in the aisles.
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Old Jan 26, 10, 3:20 pm
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Pa kettle.. r u sure

I have yet to read anything that would indicate that this is Pa kettle

If I had to guess it would be someone who flies more often than not

usually Pa (and Ma) want to be near their bags especially if there is plenty of room near their seats
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Old Jan 26, 10, 3:27 pm
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This is something I approve of. I'd say the same thing for an F passenger who shoved their bag into several rows ahead of them. The rule should be everyone put it in your corresponding row overhead, and if and only if there's no more room, then put it where it's available.
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