Crew Hazing or the Best Seat in the Sky??

Security officers and flight attendants at China’s Kunming Airlines are making news today thanks to a set of photos now circulating online. In the photos the security officers are “hazing” the flight crew by closing them in overhead bins and closets on board company aircraft.

Looking at the photos there are a few things I do not completely understand:

  1. There’s tons of space up in the bins. Really quite comfortable. Hard for me to see this as “hazing” in that context.
  2. Some of the shots show the drop down bins. I always thought those were much smaller than the ones where the doors flip up. If they really are as small as I remember then I’m wondering just how small the FAs are to be fitting in there.
  3. Such photos exist for many crew on many other airlines all over the world. Just like photos in engine cowlings. Why is this even really a thing?!?

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. LOL. “There’s tons of space up in the bins” – yes, I bet everything is hunky dory until they close the bins with you in it!

  2. For heaven’s sake! How insensitive can you get! You’re a man, so you probably haven’t had the experience of being groped, which is no doubt exactly what’s happening to these women as they’re being stuffed in the overhead bins. Plus the whole point is that it’s against their will. They aren’t given any choice about being stuffed in a bin – and the lid undoubtedly closed – unlike you, grinning away after you had voluntarily climbed in. NOT the same thing at all. What’s your point here? The bins are large so this isn’t harassment? I would have expected better from you and as a regular reader I’m disappointed.

    1. Actually I have been inappropriately groped before, though not at work nor on an airplane. Which is to say that such things can happen anywhere and under any circumstances. If there’s a problem with sexual harassment then there’s a problem with sexual harassment; the overhead bins are not the issue.

      1. The overhead bins are the issue because they are being forced to go into them against their will. You seem not to be able to understand this.

        1. I’ve seen scores of such photos from airlines all over the world. Maybe these are different and it was a forced situation but that’s not been my prior experience. Sorry if that leaves you disappointed in me.

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