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Iberia Limited Court on the A350: The dark side of the big overhead bins

Iberia Limited Court on the A350: The dark side of the big overhead bins

Cabin crews at the Spanish airline have complained about the difficulty of closing the overhead lockers of the Airbus A350. This now has consequences.

Larger hand luggage compartments – this is how aircraft manufacturers announce their new cabin designs. Because it is becoming increasingly important for travelers to carry as much baggage as possible on the plane. On the other hand, because more and more airlines are charging fees to take checked baggage with you. On the other hand, many travelers, especially after last summer, are afraid to get lost.

For airlines, large baggage compartments have the advantage that boarding is not infinitely delayed because travelers have to search for a long time for space for their bags. But there is a catch, and Iberia crews have now pointed out this: More room for handbags also means more weight due to handbags. Depending on the layout of the cabins, this could be challenging for the crew.

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Specifically, flight attendants complain about the luggage compartments of the Airbus A350. Five large hand luggage bags fit in every cabin. The compartments cantilevered, and the entire weight of the compartment and the things inside must be pushed against the ceiling to close it. Depending on the ticket, Iberia allows 10 to 14 kg of hand luggage.

So one union tried to get a court order that employees not have to close the booths. Or the airline is installing new, smaller overhead bins that don’t require you to lift weight while bending over passengers.

Check the handbags frequently

The court refused. The demands are not enforceable. But it has instructed the airline to monitor the amount of hand baggage that passengers will bring on the plane in the future.

Iberia does not currently have a procedure in place to monitor the weight of every piece of hand baggage brought on board, so the actual weight of each cabin could significantly exceed the stated maximum, reports the Kano Paddle Your Own portal.

Two people close under certain conditions

In addition, the airline must follow another rule when crew members are less than 1.63 meters on board: they must then ensure that two crew members close the cabin together to reduce the risk of injury.