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Where does “under seat” bag go in first class?

First class newbie question. My DH and I are splurging on first class (Delta One) tickets to Europe for our 30th anniversary. On the long haul portions of the trip, we’ll have the lie flat cubicles with no seat back or under seat storage in front of us. Where do I keep my traditionally under seat bag? (I know, first world problem.)

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What’s a DH? I only know that with reference to baseball.

When I have flown Delta One on 767s & A330s, there is space in front of your seat (or a compartment next to your seat) to put them down. When you extend the seat to lie back, you can store what you don’t need in the overhead compartment. But your purse for example can fit right next to you as can an iPad or something like that. I have not flown on an A350 and that aircraft is supposed to have a lot more space & privacy!

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Do some Youtube search for people reporting on Delta One across the pond, like Paul Lucas

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There is usually space under the footstool part, but it may be smaller than normal "under seat" space. The overhead bins up front are reserved for business class passengers, so there will be plenty of space up there. The seat probably has a few cubby-hole storage spaces, to things you might want/need during the flight can be immediately at hand. (Don't forget to check you have everything from those places before you disembark! Then double-check!)

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I flew first class across both the Atlantic and Pacific for many years while working for global companies. My expereince was "the flight attendant will help you with that". Just be polite and gratefull to them for the wonder service that you have paid for.

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I like to have a small mesh bag that I take out of my "under seat" bag that has a few small things I may need, especially on an overnight flight where they darken the cabin. Like my lip balm, ear plugs, reading glasses, tissues, etc. Then I have it next to me during the flight and don't have to search in my seat or the other compartments if I wake up. Something like one of these https://a.co/d/eKAx5Fp

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Thanks for all the input. Being from the southeastern US, DH is my “dahling husband.”

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Being from the southeastern US, DH is my “dahling husband.”

Then, likewise, your husband refers to you as DW?

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If you have booked a window seat then there may be some storage bins under the window that click open and closed like the overhead ones. I have always had other cubby holes as well that easily fit my glasses, iPad etc. And there is no need for access to your liquids as you will get an amenities kit that usually includes toothbrush and paste, face moisturiser, hand cream, lip balm, ear plugs, sleeping mask and eye spritz. Airlines I fly with also give you slippers and pyjamas on overnight flights.

I have also been on flights where people just buzz the cabin crew every time they want something from their bag and the cabin crew cheerfully get it down from the overhead bin for them on demand.

Enjoy your flight! The difference in service levels between coach and the front of the plane is amazing.

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If you have booked a window seat then there may be some storage bins under the window that click open and closed

Those are only on the upper decks of 747sand a380s. So definitely not on any North American airline.

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Yes, Continental, I’m my husband’s DW, in social media parlance, anyway.

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Those are only on the upper decks of 747sand a380s. So definitely not on any North American airline.

My flights have been between Australia and Europe. We try to fly 380s or 787s as the cabin pressure and noise levels are better.

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Actually, there should be more than adequate space in the overhead, since you are not sharing the bins with three other passengers.

(Also, pedantically, you are not in first class, Delta One is "business class." No US carrier offers true long haul first class. In first one might expect caviar, high quality champaign, a seat that converts to a true bed, sometimes a stand-up bar, and in one case, an on-board shower.)

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We flew Delta One to Spain last summer. While there is ample overhead storage it’s not infinite. If you keep your bag in the well in front of you while seated you won’t be able to move the seat to the lie flat position and there might not then be room overhead. I would store the bag inn the overhead bin and take out what you’ll need after takeoff. You’ll have a nice amenities bag so you won’t need an eye mask, toothbrush etc.

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The overhead bins up front are reserved for business class passengers

In first class (long haul not US domestic) the overhead bins are solely for fist class passengers and they are ample.

My suggestion is to take out what you require during the flight which for me is my tablet, glasses, earphones which can all go in the ample seat storage and place the bag in the overhead bin. I don't know about Delta but British Airways first class have wardrobes for each seat that can accommodate a small bag if you want easier access.

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Delta is my go-to Business class flight to Europe. Here’s how I work my stuff on the Seattle to Paris flight. Note that this is on an Airbus A330-300 so see if you’re on the same type of plane.

My carryon bag goes up into the overheads. There is usually plenty of overhead storage but it’s not endless. I could put my second bag in there as well but I tend not to - I want access to it and I’m really too short to do much with the overhead bins.

The seats are in a little compartment that has a footwell. The footwell is pretty deep and becomes part of the lie-flat bed when you’re in flight. I put my smaller bag way deep into that footwell and it fits fine there. During the flight, you could actually then put it on the floor and it would sort of be under your lie flat bed. For me, I just keep it deep in the footwell of my lie flat because I’m not tall enough to reach the bottom anyways.

The stuff I use in flight - water bottle, iPad, headphones etc. fir into the cubbies around my seat. The cubbies aren’t huge but they are definitely designed to fit those common items.

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@Beth, I also wanted to mention to be on the lookout for the special priority lines for when you fly Delta One. Last year I flew from CDG to SEA and was pleasantly surprised to discover I had a special line for immigration and customs. It was very short which meant I had lot of time in the Air France lounge. I don't know where you are flying to and from, but be sure to ask about lounge access. It was nice to be able to pick up breakfast in the Air France lounge before my early morning flight. At the gate I also had priority acess there too. Just ask the gate agents if you are unsure where the priority lines are for Delta One passengers.

Valerie has given you a very good description of where you can put your "under seat" bag. It really isn't an issue. I did carry-on only with a roller bag and backpack. I put both of them in the overhead and still had plenty of room. I grabbed my Tom Bihn travel tray and a very small packable tote for my tablet and jacket. There was plenty of cubbies and spots to put the things you might need during the flight. Coming back from Paris the service and food on Delta One was excellent. I didn't want to get off the plane and was surprised at how fast the flight went.

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Thanks, everyone! Trip is a little over two weeks away. Getting very excited!

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This is a reply with a question; I have done the youtube and seatmat study until I could find my seat in the dark, but what nobody shows (understandably) is the floor space. I travel with a large service dog, yes, he's a long-haul pro. Previously I was married and he always had 2 footwells to occupy. He is too large for one seat's foot-space, so I booked DeltaOne thinking he would fit and have more room but an international frequent travel friend said he though no service dog would work in a Delta One. I am on the 330 without the wall. I always am assigned bulkhead. I know there is room for the stuff I bring because I am a one bag (plus one for him) traveler I can NOT find the FOOTWELL dimensions. I have easily found the underseat storage dimensions (0). Can anyone help? My next step is to contact Delta Disability services and see if they can find it. I know that if I open the seat to a bed, there's no way he can fit on it with me, but I also have no concept of the space UNDER when the bed is extended. How low is it? Again, Dimensions I can not find. Obviously I can figure it out when I board, but I may just buy 2 premium economy/delta select and that would give him more space.

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leftoutknitter

Its best to start your own thread. Most people will just read and answer the original post. Plus, the original poster will be notified that they have a new answer.

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@ Mr. E', not necessarily. Many dear Husband's are also permanently named the designated hitter regardless of any possible diminishing skills.

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DH and DW have been used as acronyms on message board forums going back to the mid-to-late 1990's. Probably right around the time LOL was first being used. 😊