[Baggage] Preparations to secure a storage space for your luggage on the plane

There is no place to put your baggage once you get on the plane...

Even among suitcases, there are compact ones that are carry-on size. However, even if the rules allow carry-on items, it is not uncommon for items to not fit in the storage space.

The reasons for this were that it was crowded and the aircraft was compact. During busy seasons, it is common for domestic flights to be fully booked. In that case, not only is the baggage storage space full, but there are also many cases where there is no room to put your suitcase in any space other than your seat. In such a situation, even a carry-on sized suitcase will not be able to be put in the storage space.

Next, even if the size of the aircraft is compact, there are cases where there is no place to put baggage. For example, in the case of flights that take propeller planes to remote islands, the storage space itself is often compact, so it is not unusual for the luggage to fit inside.

Although it is not as extreme as this, many of the jet aircraft used by LCCs are also compact, so you may find yourself in a similar situation. If you encounter such a situation, you will be in trouble, such as the departure of your flight being delayed. Let's explain the measures to prevent this from happening.

What are the countermeasures?

In order to avoid the trouble of not having a place to leave your baggage once you board the plane, it is important to take only the minimum amount of baggage you can bring with you.

To keep your luggage to a minimum, you can keep items organized under the seat and on the shelves above, always check in hard suitcases, and be conscious of local procurement.

You can make it easier to store your baggage by separating the items that will be placed under the seat and on the shelves above. First of all, put things that you will use immediately under the seat.

Valuables such as wallets needed to pay for in-flight services, medicines, tickets, tablets, smartphones, eye masks, tissues, handkerchiefs, earplugs, air pillows, etc. On the other hand, items that should be placed on the list include precision equipment such as cameras, souvenirs, cosmetics (in containers of 100ml or less), and clothing. Also, hard suitcases cannot be compressed and stuffed into them, so we recommend carrying any compact item in there.

Also, since it is important to reduce the amount of luggage you carry in the first place, it may be a good idea to take the plunge and procure underwear locally. In any case, minimizing luggage is an important measure to avoid problems with luggage.

If you really can't fit it in

If the methods introduced above do not fit all the items, there are several ways to deal with the problem, such as separating them into separate bags, consuming them, or consulting with a CA. If you have a spare bag in your suitcase, use it or use etiquette bags to distribute excess baggage.

This allows you to somehow store it by filling it into the gap between other spaces. If you use a hard suitcase, you won't be able to expect the same effect, but if you use a soft suitcase, you can squeeze it to some extent to make it more compact and fit it into the space.

There are also ways to consume it. If it's a plastic tea bottle or sweets, they'll take it out of their bag and eat it. This will also allow you to expand your space.

If these methods do not work, please consult with the flight attendant. If it's a domestic flight, you can communicate easily, but if it's an international flight, try to use gestures.

By doing so, there is a possibility that they will take some kind of action, but there is still a risk that the aircraft will be delayed or some kind of trouble will occur due to the transfer of baggage.

For a comfortable flight

Even if you are able to bring a carry-on size suitcase with you before boarding the aircraft, you may not be able to store it on the plane. Problems are especially likely to occur if the aircraft is compact or when there are many passengers, such as during busy seasons.

In order to avoid this situation, it is important to keep your carry-on baggage compact. This time, we explained what you should do in preparation, such as how to separate your luggage, and introduced specific items that you want to put on the seat and items that you want to put on the shelf above.

However, even if you take these measures, there are other ways to deal with the problem, such as compressing it, consuming it, or, as a last resort, consulting with the flight attendant (CA).

However, since this is a last resort, it is not uncommon for it to lead to problems such as flight delays. To avoid such troubles, only bring essential items such as valuables and medicines onto the plane.

It is also important to try to avoid bringing any luggage with you, such as sourcing locally as much as possible and making rules such as leaving hard suitcases in your luggage at all times.

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