Passengers Surprised by Flight Attendant Hiding in Overhead Compartment

Overhead space is at a premium on most planes, but passengers on a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville to Philadelphia found their carry-ons crowded out by a flight attendant who had climbed inside the overhead compartment.

The incident, which occurred before the plane doors were closed, was filmed by passenger Veronica Lloyd, who returning home to Pennsylvania.

In the clip, the unnamed female attendant can be seen on her side and then rolling onto her stomach. It appears she was starting to say something when the video cut off.

Passenger bemused after seeing flight attendant in overhead luggage compartment

A passenger at Nashville International Airport said she was surprised to find a Southwest Airlines flight attendant in the overhead compartment as she boarded a flight to Atlanta on July 29.

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Lloyd told Fox News she was "perplexed" by the attendant's impromptu hide-and-seek, noting she was up there for at least 10 minutes. "It was very interesting. I think she was doing it to try and be funny and make the passengers laugh."

In a statement, Southwest said its employees are famous for keeping it light.

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"Southwest Employees are known for demonstrating their sense of humor and unique personalities. In this instance, one of our flight attendants attempted to have a brief moment of fun with customers during boarding. Of course, this is not our normal procedure, and Southwest crews always maintain safety as their top priority."

Southwest flight attendants are developing a reputation for going above and beyond the call of duty: In April, the airline received praise for a empathetic attendant who helped a new mother in distress. Flight crew member Jessica Jackson saw passenger Brittany Blum struggling to calm her 19-month-old daughter, Savannah, on flight from Las Vegas to Reno.

So Jackson offered to carry the infant up and down the aisle until she settled down.

"As a mother myself, I know what it's like to travel with little ones," Jackson told The Points Guy. "So as soon as I saw her just a little fussy, something just told me just go help her out, someone needs to help this mom out. Let me go ahead and just grab this little baby."

Blum posted a video of Jackson with the baby, closing overhead bins as Savannah blew kisses at other passengers. "Everyone loves this little girl, Blum wrote on Facebook, "even Southwest passengers and flight attendants."

Southwest continually ranks among the top carriers on national surveys. The Points Guy's Brian Kelly told Forbes the company reached Number Two on its 2018 Best Airlines in America list because of lower airfares and an increase in the size of already considerable route network, "while continuing to rate at the very top in customer satisfaction and baggage and change fees."