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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
Flyers who are loyal and who don’t buy the cheapest seats have always been treated the best, but the distinction becomes more apparent when a budget flyer’s only options are middle seats and gate-checked bags.
But now the battle of the bins, that preflight scrum over precious carry-on space, has turned into something else for airlines: the business of the bins.
After starting to charge fees for checking baggage, airlines are finding new ways to make money from carry-ons. Overhead compartments, it turns out, are valuable real estate — and these days, they go to the highest bidders.