With spring break inching near, you definitely want to cut straight to relaxing and leave all your cares behind; especially packing.
Just in time, some major airlines are offering roomier bin compartments and more secure, suitcase-accommodating doors. You can thank continually packed planes of passengers with too many carry-ons.
The percentage of passengers bringing bags on board has hovered around 87 percent in recent years, according to United Continental.
Lots of airlines are upgrading the size of their jets’ bins, including:
- United: The airline is replacing bin doors on 152 planes starting in April. The new doors curve out more than the old ones, allowing passengers to slide bags into the compartment wheels-first instead of sideways.
- American Airlines: The airline’s new 737s will hold 48 more bags than the planes they are replacing, although they have 24 more seats, too.
- Delta Air Lines: Passengers on international routes like Atlanta-Paris or Minneapolis-Amsterdam are starting to see new bins on the airline’s 767 jets. The compartments hold 26 more bags than the bins they are replacing. It’s an increase of 23 percent.
- US Airways: In 2008, it enlarged bins on its 757s, a mid-sized planes.
Celebrate your trip and the chance to pack even more with these super cute carry-ons:
Heys USA EZ Computer Case Carry-On, $144.50, available at eBags.
Orla Kiely Cabin Upright Travel Bag, $305, available at Nordstrom.
Lipault Paris 22″ Foldable Carry-On Trolley, $190, available at Flight 001.
Anna Sui for TumiInternational Carry-On, $595, available at Tumi.
U.S. Traveler Leopard Print Fashion Spinner Luggage, $118.99 for four pieces, available at Target.