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Beware of the overhead cabins

On boarding a flight at Milan’s Malpensa Airport last year, I was taken aback by what happened. Whilst I was speaking to a stewardess about getting a child seat beat for our younger son when suddenly I got an almighty “THWACK!” on the side of the head. A half second passed whilst I tried to come to my senses as to what had happened and then suddenly another “THWACK!”.

I then realised what was going on and managed to take evasive action before being struck a third time. Some idiot a couple of metres further down the aisle was trying to frantically shut an overhead locker which he’d just put his hand luggage in, and my head – since I was still standing at this point (just!) – was getting in the way. Rather than wait until the compartment was full, or rather than first looking to see if anything might prevent him closing the locker, the baffoon was just trying to ram it shut. Anyway, the reason for mentioning this is that I have just been reminded by this rather bewildering event because I stumbled upon this fun video.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Ouch that sounds really painful. Some people are so inconsiderate on planes. We had our camera backpack full of expensive equipment tucked nicely in the overhead locker and some guy turns up and pulls it out to stuff all his things in and shoves it back in really roughly trying to fit it
    back in. Thanks! But at least it wasn’t ither of our heads!

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