Coronavirus and air journey | Italian airline casting off overhead compartments

There’s little doubt that flying goes to look a little bit completely different within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

A few of these modifications are a little bit grim. Alcohol being banned on flights, modifications to in-flight entertainment and meals, and facilities akin to blanket and pillows now not being supplied by some airways will not be bulletins that fill us with pleasure.

However the information that the middle seat was being sidelined for the time being? That was met with two enthusiastic thumbs up.

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The newest change to in-flight coverage comes from Italy, the place they’ve banned the usage of the overhead baggage compartment. Some folks – aka those that have spent giant chunks of their grownup life ready for somebody to pack and unpack baggage whereas they maintain up a airplane load of passengers – might be thrilled by this announcement.

Woman traveling by train and placing her luggage in the overhead compartment

No actually, take your time. Image: iStock

Final week Italy’s Nationwide Civil Aviation Authority introduced they’re banning the usage of overhead baggage compartments. The brand new protocol goals to encourage social distancing and stop crowds from clogging aisles whereas passengers place and retrieve overhead gadgets upon boarding and disembarking.

The ban applies to all flights arriving and departing from Italian airports, even these which are long-haul worldwide.

As a substitute, passengers will have the ability to verify their cabin baggage at no additional price.

She has undoubtedly gone over her cabin baggage allowance. Image: iStock.

Alitalia, Italy’s nationwide airline, outlines the brand new coverage on their website.

“To guard the well being of passengers, the usage of overhead bins for the storage of hand baggage will now not be allowed on all flights operated in Italy. Passengers will solely be permitted to carry on board small baggage, that may be positioned underneath their seat akin to, for instance, purses, backpacks, laptop computer circumstances not exceeding 36x45x20 cm. We invite passengers to ship their baggage to the airport on the Verify-in / Drop-off counter, to be positioned within the maintain, freed from cost.”

It stays to be seen whether or not different airways across the globe observe go well with.

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