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Transparent Overhead Bins

make overhead luggage bins on planes out of see-through plastic
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Transparent Overhead Bins on planes mean that instead of worrying about a heavy bottle of whisky about to come down on you when you open the overhead luggage compartment, you can see what's in there, and if it's poised ready for a disaster.
xenzag, Jul 24 2019

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       Good idea, although it would make the cabin look untidy. Airlines typically style their cabins to look as uncluttered as possible; seeing all the bin contents would be ugly.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 24 2019
  

       Uglier than some of the passengers ? You won't have seen this personally, [MB], but the sort of carbon unit that travels in the cheap seats on commercial airliners are not just untidy, nor merely possessed of a degree of clock-stopping turning-the-milk-sour ugliness, but are also frequently foul mouthed, malodorous, and obnoxious.   

       Transparent panels in the overhead bins are nothing by comparison.
8th of 7, Jul 24 2019
  

       That is precisely why the good seats are at the front, facing forward, and partitioned.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 24 2019
  

       There could be some kind of LCD or polarizing layer that means the panelling could be electrically switched between transparent and opaque.
pocmloc, Jul 24 2019
  

       No, the regular opaque partition between the flight crew and the passengers works fine as it is.
8th of 7, Jul 24 2019
  

       // of clock-stopping turning-the-milk-sour ugliness, but are also frequently foul mouthed, malodorous, and obnoxious.   

       Ah, that would be me. Anyway, isn't this Sword of Damocles (TM) territory?
not_morrison_rm, Jul 24 2019
  

       More the Litre Bottle of Bacardi of Damocles, which may not be quite as deadly as having a sword dropped on your head, but is certainly capable of making you wish someone would, and quickly.
8th of 7, Jul 24 2019
  

       You could make the doors transparent but tinted or with a semi-transparent mirror coating. That way you wouldn't be able to see inside unless they were lit from within. All interior lights could be switched on for boarding/disembarkation so that you could find your things more efficiently. In addition, you could have touch sensitive latches, a light touch softly illuminates the interior so you don't have to open several bins to find your bag mid-flight.
bs0u0155, Jul 24 2019
  

       That might make it more difficult to help yourself to otger passengers stuff while the cabin lighting is dimmed ... which would mean that low cost airlines might have to start actually paying their cabin staff, driving up ticket prices ...
8th of 7, Jul 24 2019
  

       Why not put the overhead lockers on the floor (thereby making them underhead lockers)? Seats would then go on top of them.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 24 2019
  

       //malodorous//   

       I miss smoking on planes and buses, and smoking in general.
bigsleep, Jul 24 2019
  

       I want to see an airline try "capsule hotel" style "seating" for greater passenger density, meaning passengers must clamber into tubes stacked sardine-like, 3 high and closer together than normal airline seats. For safety, tubes would be perpendicular to the direction of travel.   

       Looks like air freight for a large pet is slightly cheaper than an extra seat, usually, so this is already semi baked.
sninctown, Jul 27 2019
  

       For best results, capsules could be loaded and unloaded from outside the aircraft. In case of emergency, all capsules could be ejected in the manner of a dandelion ejecting seeds.
sninctown, Jul 27 2019
  

       Those capsules are huge compared to airline seats. I've seen photos and videos of people sitting upright in them, say 3'3", lying down sideways with bent knees, say 4', and the length is easy 6'6". It's better than business class, essentially identical to some 1st class, so you're not going to increase density.
bs0u0155, Jul 27 2019
  

       Your punctuation doesn’t make sense. Are you experiencing line noise on your modem?
Ian Tindale, Jul 27 2019
  

       [Ian] I can't see any wrong doing so am up for more punctuation correction, especially on these hallowed pages.   

       It seems to try and cover all the rules of comma use ; for parentheses, for list separation, for small interjection and for added introductory elements.   

       Although, that list isn't that flowing with the added elements. Parentheses might have been better. And maybe //class, essentially// , could be a ;.   

       Just ,ting.
wjt, Jul 28 2019
  

       Punctuation - snot what it used to be.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 28 2019
  

       // passengers must clamber into tubes //   

       Why obscure the grim reality ? Put them in pine boxes with six brass handles on the sides, and screw the lids down.
8th of 7, Jul 28 2019
  

       // I want to see an airline try "capsule hotel" style "seating" for greater passenger density, meaning passengers must clamber into tubes stacked sardine-like, 3 high and closer together than normal airline seats. For safety, tubes would be perpendicular to the direction of travel. //   

       Where went the anno saying this was in The Fifth Element?   

       // I can't see any wrong doing so am up for more punctuation correction //   

       I think that was actually a disguised complaint about the usage of American units, not an actual mispunctuation complaint.
notexactly, Aug 10 2019
  

       grrrrrrr..... Stop adding gibberish annotations about punctuation to my idea.
xenzag, Aug 10 2019
  
      
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