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  1. Why do older planes not have a middle hand luggage compartment?
  2. Where are the oxygen masks for the people in the middle rows?

L-1011 Interior: L-1011 Interior 777 Interior: 777 interior

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    $\begingroup$ People back then had less crap they brought along $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 5, 2016 at 10:57
  • $\begingroup$ I would guess that there may also have been a bit more concern about MTOM on an L-1011 than a 777. i.e., less spare thrust, so less luggage allowed on. $\endgroup$
    – FreeMan
    Commented Jul 5, 2016 at 13:27

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Since the L-1011 was born prior to airlines charging for checked baggage, and passengers didn’t feel the need to bring massive carry-on items with them, the L-1011 featured compact overhead bins that were (to quote advertising of the day) “sized for a lady’s wig box.”

Source: airlinereporter.com

The link provides really good information on the L-1011.

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There are two methods of doing the oxygen masks:

  • The well known ceiling installation.
  • A lesser-known seatback installation.

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A safety card off an Ilyushin Il-86.

Searching for the relevant safety cards such as the one above should give you an idea which one was applicable.

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't think this attempts to answer the question; it would make a better comment as the information is interesting and useful. $\endgroup$
    – J W
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 15:32
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    $\begingroup$ @JonathanWalters It does answer part of the question, where the O2 masks are located when not in the overhead. $\endgroup$
    – jwenting
    Commented Aug 24, 2017 at 10:34

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