These new compartments could radically change air travel

(CNN) — In this not-so-golden era of national air travel, checking in a free bag is a luxury reserved for few. And those who check their bags often find themselves stressed throughout the trip, wondering if their luggage will actually arrive at the destination with them.

As a result, more travelers than ever are choosing to pack their belongings into a carry-on suitcase, many of them bulky and on wheels.

What’s the score? A pitched battle at boarding time, in which nervous passengers hover around the boarding gate hoping to be among the first to board the plane, all to ensure a small space in the overhead compartment near their seat.

Unfortunately, those coveted compartments weren’t designed with the average carry-on suitcase in mind. They must be placed horizontally, leaving a small space above them that barely serves any purpose and takes up a good part of the space in the compartments.

Then the French aeronautical manufacturer Airbus and its new “Airspace L Bins” enter history.

The compartments, with capacity for suitcases measuring 61 centimeters (height) x 38 centimeters (width) x 25 centimeters (depth), are designed to be installed within three to five days.

Made from ultra-light composite products, the equipment reuses many parts of the original container, such as the side wall, roof and lighting, to reduce waste, Airbus says.

Flight attendants are also likely to approve of the new compartments, knowing they can complete boarding procedures while hearing far fewer complaints from passengers about having nowhere to store their bags.

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