This week is the big aircraft interiors show in Hamburg, so you can expect all sorts of news about new seats and more...but this one looks like a no-brainer. In a world of narrower seats, reduced legroom, here's MORE something!
Boeing's engineers figured out that by adding two inches to the height of the overhead bins, it would be possible to stow carry-on size suitcases on their sides rather than on their backs. As you can see in the picture...it makes a difference! Of course, you lose two inches of headroom, but few of us are tall enough to notice.
Other pluses of the new bins, which will be standard on the coming 737MAX versions, and can be retrofitted to existing 737s, are a redesigned closing mechanism that reduces the weight and makes operation easier...and the fact that more of us will be able to reach up and load. More INFO