If your carry-on doesn't fit in the overhead, it is no one's fault but your own
I travel six months out of the year, and hyperbole be damned, overhead bin space is one of the biggest sources of anxiety in my life. Most airplanes do not have enough overhead space to accommodate every single passenger’s carry-on. But since most airlines now charge for checked bags, more and more people are bringing carry-on luggage. Madness is bound to ensue.
People who try to bend the rules and board early before their zone is called or, worse, try to squeeze more above their seat than is allotted, fills both your fellow passengers and your flight attendants with unending distress.
“If you have to use the expander on your suitcase, do not bring it on as a carry on,” a Delta flight attendant tells Thrillist. “It will not fit no matter how hard you body slam it, and no, we will not try to make it fit for you. I guarantee you won’t be footing the medical bill when we get hurt.”
Here’s a flight attendant-approved loophole to get around both cramped overhead space and pesky checked baggage fees: Use a carry-on size suitcase and, if you have to expand it, bring it to the gate. Most airlines will check it to your final destination free of charge. And they will be glad to do so.