Space Bins Promise More Overhead In Flight Storage

PHOTO: This handout photo from Boeing shows the design of its new Space Bins for its Boeing 737 aircraft.

Ever found your way to your airplane seat only to find there's no more room for your carry-on bag in the overhead compartment?

Yes, answers everyone who has taken a flight, ever.

The problem that plagues virtually every flier may be on its way to being solved. Boeing announced its new Space Bins will stow six bags, two more than the current pivot bins installed on Next-Generation 737s. That's based on a standard size carry-on bag measuring 9 x 14 x 22 inches. Space Bins will be an optional feature on all new 737s and 737 MAX aircraft.

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Alaska Airlines will be the first airline outfitted with Space Bins. The airline will begin installing Space Bins on all new deliveries as soon as the larger bins become available in late 2015.

In addition to holding more bags, the Space Bins have a lower bin lip height, providing "increased visibility into the back of the bins and make bag loading even easier. They're also as easy to close as the current pivot bins," Boeing said.

Space Bins are also available for retrofit on in-service Next-Generation 737s.

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