Boeing to offer more bin space on some planes

Of all the inconveniences afflicting airline travelers, there might be none worse than the shortage of overhead bin space.

Passengers will do just about anything to find room for their carry-on bag. They creep forward at the gate long before their boarding group is called. They stow their bag above someone else’s seat. They even pay extra for early boarding.

Boeing Co. says it is responding to the battle of the bins: It will offer airlines the option for bigger bins on new models of its 737 jet, which is commonly used on domestic routes.

Boeing said Thursday that its “space bins” will hold six standard-size carry-on bags — two more than fit in current bins on the 737.

Alaska Airlines will be the first carrier to get the larger bins on new planes, starting in late 2015. The airline’s treasurer, Mark Eliasen, said the extra space will let passengers keep personal items in the cabin.

Boeing said airlines could retrofit some current 737 models with the new bins.

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