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Who is Entitled to Use the Space Under the Seat In Front of You?

Whenever I travel, I usually have one bag which I carry aboard the aircraft. I usually place it in the overhead storage bin above my seat so that I may relax in my seat and stretch my legs.

Yes — I can even usually do this in a seat in the economy class cabin; although it seems to be increasingly difficult lately…

…but there are times where the person seated in front of me will store his or her belongings under his or her seat, inhibiting what I interpret as leg room for me.

Apparently, I am not the only one to which this has happened — which leads to the question: who has right to the space under the seat in front of you?

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Who is Entitled to Use the Space Under the Seat In Front of You?

Whenever I travel, I usually have one bag which I carry aboard the aircraft. I usually place it in the overhead storage bin above my seat so that I may relax in my seat and stretch my legs. Yes — I can even usually do this in a seat in the economy class cabin…but there are times where the person seated in front of me will store his or her belongings under his or her seat, inhibiting what I interpret as leg room for me. Apparently, I am not the only one to which this has happened — which leads to the question: who has right to the space under the seat in front of you?

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The War Over Space in the Overhead Storage Bins

You board the aircraft, carrying a bag on with you. You arrive at your seat and store that bag into the overhead bin above the row where you will sit. As you take your seat to relax — perhaps work on a crossword puzzle or look outside the window to while away the time — the aisle starts to fill with a steady stream of passengers, which eventually slows down and stops as people wait for others to store their belongings in the overhead storage bins, which are quickly becoming full…and then comes the inevitable fight for space in the overhead storage bins. Sometimes the dispute…

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