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Flight attendant explains why they won’t lift your bag in the overhead locker for you

Flight attendant explains why they won’t lift your bag in the overhead locker for you

TikTok star and flight attendant Kat Kamalani has advised her followers to avoid lifting luggage whilst travelling

With millions hoping for some summer sun this year, one flight attendant has revealed why holidaymakers should reconsider before putting their bags in the overhead lockers.

Despite how films and TV shows portray airplanes on-screen, Kat Kamalani has revealed that flight attendants will not be able to help lift luggage due to a surprising reason.

Having spent six years as a stewardess, she explained that people often risk injuring themselves as they lift overpacked suitcases into lockers.

The same is true of cabin crew, who regularly hurt their shoulders or backs lifting luggage into lockers.

It's become such a common issue that the US Associate of Flight Attendants has advised its members not to help customers with this task, due to insurers not covering medical bills.

“Crazy fact…everyone thinks it’s flight attendant’s job to lift your luggage into the bins, but it’s not,” she said.

Kat, who has been a flight attendant for six years, spoke about this myth in the short clip and continued: “Actually, our airline, and a ton of other airlines, tell you do not do this because you get so many injuries with it. And you’re not even covered.”

However, Kat did add attendants will help customers if they ask and that passengers could always seek assistance from others on the flight.

She advised people to check information placards on the plane, as these will often give extra details about how to store suitcases and bags.

“Most airlines have these little cards that show you how to store your luggage…so it’s either going to be vertical or horizontal.”

Kat also advised her followers to raise their case above their heads at home before travelling, telling her fans on TikTok: “…I always say if you can’t lift…don’t bring it.”

If they struggle, she suggests leaving items behind or swapping to a smaller bag, which can be tucked under their seats during flights.

This will help customers avoid the charges that come with storing additional bags in the hold.

Flight attendants have been left injured after helping customers with their overstuffed bags.
Joaquin Corbalan pastor / Alamy Stock Photo

The TikTok star has gained over 28 million likes with her helpful hints and is a must for anyone hoping to fly later this year.

Kat even shared how she’d moved from the mainland US to Hawaii with her family, revealing how she’d coped with the six and half hour flight.

Speaking about the experience, she told her 996,000 followers that it was worth it despite the extensive planning - which included dropping off her car three weeks before she travelled.

“I’d rather be stuck in traffic looking at these views, than anywhere else so it really wasn’t that bad.”

Featured Image Credit: Yaroslav Astakhov / Alex Segre / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Travel, TikTok, Advice