why don't you put your luggage under the seat

On airplanes, they tell you đồ sộ put your bags either in the overhead or under the seat in front of you. Considering that the front row doesn't have a seat in front of them, and the back seats don't have anything under them, would it not be more efficient đồ sộ have people put their backs underneath their own seats?

Please don't give bầm an answer about legroom. We all know airlines don't care about our legroom.

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asked Mar 29, 2017 at 2:18

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I can think of two reasons. One, sadly, you have disallowed, which is the legroom answer. But what if the answer actually is about legroom? Since I don't have enough room for my knees, I have đồ sộ straighten my legs, which requires bầm đồ sộ put my feet under the seat in front of bầm. It seems đồ sộ bầm that if passengers were supposed đồ sộ put bags under their own seat, people would be fighting over that space more kêu ca they already are.

The other reason is safety. That space has a bar đồ sộ keep the things in there from sliding forward in a crash. This serves as a barrier between the space and the occupant of the seat above. If the bar were at the back of the seat instead of the front, it would allow things đồ sộ fly into the aisle between the rows, injuring passengers' feet or impeding their egress.

answered Mar 29, 2017 at 2:37

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The gymnastics required đồ sộ put your bag behind your feet in such a small space would be very interesting. Bending forward and sliding it in, sure that works. But pushing it back when you can't see and your legs are in the way? Most people are not good at bending into pretzels in 31" of space.

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answered Mar 29, 2017 at 4:25

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Inconveniencing yourself never creates an argument. Inconveniencing others, does however. If you were đồ sộ put your bag under your seat, you would be affecting the comfort of the passenger behind you. That passenger may not even have brought a bag on board, but now finds their comfort dependent on the whims of the passenger in front of them.

I think it's easy đồ sộ see what the result of this is: complaints, arguments, fights, passengers being thrown off the flight. This does nobody any good.

answered Mar 29, 2017 at 3:42

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In the sự kiện of a crash anything on the floor will slide forward. Having a bar at the front edge of your seat prevents bags from coming đồ sộ rest against the seat in front and allows a clear space đồ sộ evacuate your row.

answered Mar 30, 2017 at 11:19

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If you are traveling in flight for longer journey then you will feel difficulty at your base in stretching your legs properly as the bags are already beneath everyone's seat..safety is also the main reason behind this..if you put your bag below your seat then there is probable chance of stealing your bag with someone else and you will not even get any idea about this..

answered Mar 29, 2017 at 3:53

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I think it's simply a lesser of two evils situation. If the space is under the seat in front of you, you have the option đồ sộ use it as storage or leg room. If it's under your seat, there would be a bar at the back of every seat đồ sộ prevent the bag from sliding into the passenger behind you. With a bar at the back of every seat, no one gets any extra leg room. I guess you could put your feet under your own seat in that case, but that doesn't sound very comfortable đồ sộ bầm. The current arrangement gives people the opportunity for a little leg room in the place that is most comfortable for most people.

answered Mar 29, 2017 at 14:25

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