I do a bit of business travel, and I always ask for the isle seat. I also carry a small overnight bag and laptop bag, checking anything else.
Since my corneal transplant, I have become acutely aware of the hazard to my eye/graft caused by inconsiderate passengers coming through the isle or packing their luggage into the overhead bin. The problem has gotten out of control with the airlines charging $25-50/bag for checking. People are bringing everything they can onto the plane – even knowing that they’ll likely not fit (and require *free* gate checking, possibly delaying the flight.)
Twice in a recent trip did I get hit on the head by the bottom of a roll suite case, a laptop and in one case, some kind of strange musical instrument.
So, if you have a graft, I suggest that you cover your eye while people lumber down the isle with all manner of luggage. I actually put my head down on my recent flight – taking a hit to the back of my neck! I’m considering wearing my safety glasses!
photo: USA Today