A passenger on a British Airways flight was taken to hospital earlier this week after being smacked on the head by falling hand luggage. A spokesperson for the airline has confirmed that a man was injured aboard one of its aircraft on Monday prior to takeoff.
Another unnamed passenger on the Bangkok-bound service from London Heathrow Airport later told reporters that a large bag dropped out of an overhead locker after its door flew open. Several passengers on board the aeroplane said the bag hit the man on the head with a loud thud and knocked him out.
The BA spokesperson said on-board crew members tended the man initially and then called emergency services. He continued by saying safety was of paramount importance to the airline and all staff were trained to handle incidents and accidents of all kinds.
The spokesperson finished off by saying he hoped the passenger recovered quickly. London Ambulance Service says a man was treated at the scene before being rushed to the nearby Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge. An anonymous source at the West London hospital said the man was treated and later discharged. He is thought to have taken a later service to the Thai capital.
British Airways offers a generous hand baggage allowance with permitted weights of up to 23kgs. Despite the weight allowance, the regulations stipulate dimensions of each bag should not exceed 56x45x25-centimetres.
Passengers are also allowed to carry on a second laptop-bag or handbag up to 40x30x15-centimetres in size. The rules state passengers have to be able to stow the bags in the overheard lockers by themselves.