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Erika Owen

Airplane seat designs aren't the only hardship of flying. With more and more travelers opting for the "carry-on only" traveling strategy, it's no surprise overhead bins are becoming much more crowded and gate baggage check more common. In the past, Boeing made a move to offer flyers more storage space by means of a new designs accommodating six standard carry-ons (two more than you can usually fit in the space). That equals out to a little less than 50 percent more room that us seasoned travelers are used to. A new design from Airbus raises that number to 60 percent.

Delta has shared a new design that allows travelers to stow their rolling bags vertically instead of horizontally, saving even more room. In an ideal world where everyone totes a compact rolling case on the plane with them, each passenger could stow their bag directly overhead. Gone are the days of playing carry-on Tetris, which usually results in your bag ending up an entire plane's length away from your actual seat. The best news: These overhead bins are actually real. They're currently available on a very small number of Delta flights. Maybe they are actually listening to our in-flight woes. 

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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