Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
Let's recap the state of Economy Class on U.S. flights.
There's your usual Economy Class. You still have to pay extra to choose your seat. But you have the hope of an upgrade and you can change your ticket.
Newly-arrived is Basic Economy Class, which I prefer to term Sub-Cattle Class.
These people have agreed to board last and accept the worst possible middle seat.
They've also agreed there'll be no chance of an upgrade, no chance of a ticket change and no chance of having any kind of carry-on that won't fit under their seat.
All for what is sometimes a $20 difference in fare.
It appears, though, that Economy Class passengers have begun to notice something about these lowlifes.
As the Points Guy reports, the Sub-Cattle Class people are having ideas above their station and using the overhead bins.
Who do these people think they are?
It's like someone using your cupholder at a Taylor Swift concert.
One Economy Class flyer complained that "Basic Economy passengers are storing their purses, laptops and backpacks in the bins, leaving no space for people who are entitled to use the overhead space."
How can this be? After all, the Sub-Cattle Class types are the last to board. Surely, the upper-middle class types in Standard Economy have already put their bags in the bins.
Are some of the more entitled passengers arriving late? Do some of them want to put their things into the bins long after takeoff?
I fear it may be that many of these alleged Basic Economy miscreants actually have what airlines call Status.
They might be Gold or even Platinum members who just booked the cheapest flight this time and believe in continuing to enjoy liberties.
They have Status, don't you know? Which means they can board earlier, with those of equal Status.
Is it from this that angst and ire is born?
Delta does allow Sub-Cattle Class to use the bins. American and United don't.
But what's clear from the Points Guy's revelation is that many Sub-Cattle Class flyers are buying the tickets with the absolute intention of using the overhead bins, whether American and United -- or Standard Economy Class passengers -- like it or not.
They've worked out that, once you're on the plane, no one has any idea who the Basic Economy people are.
Moreover, how much time are gate agents really going to spend checking every last bag of a Basic Economy flyer to make sure it will fit beneath a seat?
It certainly does happen.
Here's an instance when a passengers claims that American Airlines took exception to his Basic Economy carry-on.
I fear, though, that some Basic Economy passengers, especially the ones with Status, are gambling that airline employees won't check.
Some, too, are entirely ignorant of the rules, believing that all they've done is bought the cheapest fares.
Naturally, I have a solution to this painful dilemma.
Anyone booking in Sub-Cattle Class -- whether they have Status or not -- should be given a large pin they must wear at all times.
It would enjoy the word Cheap.
That should make things easier for everyone.