Two passengers argued for space in their luggage during the flight

Two passengers were filmed adjusting to each other over that age-old flight problem – luggage space.

And if you’re thinking that the locker across the aisle is reserved for the people sitting in that aisle, think again, because according to one expert, that’s not the case.

The overhead bin is often at the root of many airplane arguments. This is also one of the reasons why passengers queue early to board their plane to ensure they have a place for their bag in the locker above them.

And since fighting for air space is one of the most exasperating aspects of travel, two passengers engaged in a heated exchange that has now gone viral on Reddit.

Footage shows the couple arguing at Indian low-cost airline IndiGo, apparently following a dispute over where to put their luggage.

On the flight, a man and a woman can be heard arguing.
On the flight, a man and a woman can be heard arguing.
Footage of the heated exchange has now gone viral.
Footage of the heated exchange has now gone viral.

“Ma’am, I’ve paid for my seat. I am not here as a free passenger,” a male traveler tells an angry woman.

The woman fires back and accuses the man of yelling at her, to which he replies, “I’m not yelling,” and blames it on her instead.

“You came from behind and started screaming [at me]’ you hear him say.

Three flight attendants try to defuse the heated exchange but struggle to stop the shouting.

“It’s OK, it’s OK,” she is heard telling the couple before the video cuts off.

Angus Kidman, travel expert at Australian comparison site Finder, said the basic rule on most domestic flights is to put one bag on top and then one under the seat in front of you.

“However, a lot of people run on board and fill the space overhead with several bags,” he told

“You might assume that the seat above your row should be reserved for passengers in that row, but that’s not really the rule,” Mr. Kidman said.

“Basically, first in, best dressed. It doesn’t help right now that staffing shortages means the overworked flight crew rarely has the energy to tell passengers to respect advertised carry-on baggage allowances.”

Mr Kidman said budget airline Jetstar is “still pretty strict” about checking the weight and size of what you’re carrying on board.

“But most other airlines rely on passengers to do the right thing,” he said.

“The tuition? If you have two carry-on bags, you should board early. But especially over Christmas, it makes sense to keep it to a minimum.

“Remember that higher status passengers board first. If you’re not one of them, your chances are already slim.

He said the rules are different for companies or for Economy X on Virgin.

“The space above those seats is specifically allocated for the passengers in those rows,” he said.

“Finally, be aware that on smaller Qantaslink regional flights on Dash 8 aircraft, overhead space is much more limited and standard luggage will not fit there.

“You’re fine with having your luggage sent to the hold if you’re trying to board with a regular full-size carry-on.”

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