Be Careful Bending Down after Landing


After landing, be careful bending down to put stuff back in your bag. I learned this lesson the hard way when an older Brazilian guy sitting behind me on a Rio-Miami flight dropped his heavy bag right on my head after we landed—as I was bending over. If it had been more of a direct hit, I would have been knocked right out. He didn’t even apologize.

I’ve seen it happen many times, so now, I always wait until the other bags are all down from the overhead compartments before bending down. Or I just wait until I get off the plane. Many travelers are just oblivious. (This is another reason to have a Scottevest multi-pocket jacket.)

Oh, and to make matters worse: At baggage claim, the same old guy cut right in front of me and grabbed a bag he thought was his and hurriedly pulled it off the carousel and onto my toe!



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4 Comments on "Be Careful Bending Down after Landing"

  1. Been there!!That is why I always choose a window seat and wait until everyone around me has taken their overhead luggage off. Gotta love those that think they are in their own private jet LOL LOL

  2. That’s ridiculous! Another thing I will watch out for now after it happened to me recently: the guy sitting behind me had MY bag on his seat when I got up after landing. I looked in the overhead compartment above us and it wasn’t there, and I immediately noticed it was on his seat. No idea if he’d gone through it or why he’d even touched it, but I was flabbergasted. So many people have absolutely no common courtesy or social skills anymore. Incidentally, he’d had his knees in my back most of the flight from LON to LAX!

  3. Johnny, I rode down to SEA last week with four senior Delta flight attendants. Each of them had more than 45 years of service. One had 49 years! They told me of bags falling out on to babies, of torn rotator cuffs trying to heft the too-fat bags into the bins…I asked the lady next to me if she was going to get her 50-year pin. “God, I hope not,” she said. “But then, I honestly didn’t think I’d be flying this long, either.” Long story short: be careful unloading…because shift happens. You know…especially back here in steerage. HA. sigh

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