Overhead bins tighter than ever on planes

October 23, 2009 4:06:31 PM PDT
With airlines increasing baggage fees more passengers are bringing their luggage on board, leaving overhead bins overstuffed, and causing frustration for the airlines and for passengers. Travelers are getting savvy at squeezing as much as they can in carry-ons, and leaving the big bags at home.

With airlines charging extra baggage fees, the stuffed carry-on has become the popular cost effective alternative.

But it also means a fight to get all those bags stored in the limited space of the overhead compartment.

Flights have been delayed with passengers struggling to stuff bloated bags in those cramped overhead crannies, and too many on one flight may become a hazard.

Congress is now considering limiting exactly how big a carry on can be.

Experts offer two key tips to travelers -- travel even lighter and fly when fewer people do.

Mornings and evenings are the busiest times to fly, so you might be able to avoid the crowded planes and crush of bags if you catch an afternoon flight.

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