JetBlue flight chaos after passengers try to collect bags while still airborne

Karen Green-Walker / TikTok

JetBlue passengers tried to pull down their luggage from overhead bins while the plane was still in the air on a recent flight to Florida.

The chaotic scenes occurred on a flight from LaGuardia Airport in New York (LGA) to Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) on September 10, 2023.

22 passengers on board had to take a connecting flight from FLL airport to Mariscal Sucre Quito International Airport (UIO) in Ecuador. Due to tight connecting times, the cabin crew decided to prioritize the 22 transiting passengers when deplaning and suggested that they should be first to exit when the aircraft landed. 

@karenpgreenwalker

I give these flight attendants credit bc I had it with these passengers on the flight from #lga to fll. #airplanedelays #airplaneissues #jetblue #travel

♬ original sound – Karen Green-Walker

Karen Green-Walker, a travel agent who was on board the flight, said that after the announcement was made, other passengers beside those who were transiting suddenly stood and started to open the overhead bins to collect their luggage when the plane was still flying.

Green-Walker shared a clip of the scene on social media platform TikTok, where an exasperated-sounding voice, presumably that of a flight attendant, can be heard over the PA system saying, “Please close the overhead bins.”

Meanwhile, the clip shows passengers continuing to stand and collect their bags. 

According to Green-Walker, that was already the third announcement and, at one point, the cabin crew threatened to call the police upon landing.

@karenpgreenwalker

I give the two #jetblue #flightattendants much praise bc I had it. The people just were not listening. The young lady sitting next to me was on the Quito flight and the rude passengers wouldnt even let her through to get bag. The other flt attendants not working and I just shook our heads. #traveltiktok #airplane #jetblueflight #nopatiences #unrulypassengers #disrespectful #smh #explorerpage #travelreels #neveragain

♬ Oh No – Kreepa

Green-Walker said that when the flight landed, the group of passengers continued to elbow their way out of the aircraft. She said that a lady next to her was transiting to Quito and passengers who were already standing would not let her out to retrieve her bag.

Green-Walker said in one of her comments that in the race to get bags out of the overhead bins, a piece of luggage almost fell on a passenger.

Due to the disastrous scenario, she said that the 22 transiting passengers ended up missing their connecting flight. 

Many suggested via video comments that airlines should seat transiting passengers in front of the plane to avoid this mishap.

Perhaps it’s also time for passengers to brush up on flight etiquette and to simply follow cabin crew instruction.

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Jean Carmela Lim
Journalist[br][br]Jean is a member of AeroTime’s editorial team, working as an aviation writer and based in Manila, Philippines. Previously, she worked in operational aviation roles in Manila, Philippines and Seoul, South Korea before moving to Australia to work in corporate and government travel. In 2012, Jean established her own luxury and adventure travel blog, Holy Smithereens. She is also a contributor for World Travel Market London, one of the biggest annual events in the travel sector. She covers trends and issues in hospitality and luxury travel for a B2B market, interviewing key personalities in the industry.
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