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How Airlines Are Monetizing the Overhead Bin

Excerpt from New York Times

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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.

— Jason Clampet

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.

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Tags: fees, in-flight
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