So I am seeing some information about crew rest areas in an aeroplane which typically just sit above the passenger cabin.

In the image of the a350 XWB for example you can see those areas in the front and back of the aeroplane.

However, what is happening in the rest of the aeroplane - is the 'attic' just sitting empty?

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Image borrowed from FreeMan's answer here

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    $\begingroup$ I'm pretty sure that's where they keep the snakes. $\endgroup$ Jul 1, 2022 at 6:48

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The “attic” is mostly unused. The area above the passenger cabin is also called the crown area. Some aircraft do use part of it for crew rest areas. That area can also used to route electrical wiring, hydraulic lines, air conditioning, and pneumatic lines.

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    $\begingroup$ Wasn't there a movie where the crown area was used by special forces soldiers to move the length of the plane unobserved by hijackers? Completely hollywood of course. $\endgroup$
    – Criggie
    Jun 29, 2022 at 11:22
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    $\begingroup$ @Criggie Air Force One of "Get off my plane!" and steven-segal-dying-after-10-minutes fame $\endgroup$
    – Jamiec
    Jun 29, 2022 at 13:10
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    $\begingroup$ Steven Seagal's was Executive Decision, Air Force One was Harrison Ford. :) Great 90's action. $\endgroup$
    – CGCampbell
    Jun 29, 2022 at 15:56
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    $\begingroup$ There was also a lot of crawling around in vast empty spaces in David Fincher’s Flight Plan starring Jodie Foster. $\endgroup$ Jun 29, 2022 at 23:08
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    $\begingroup$ @CGCampbell OMG what a mistakea to makea. Course it was. But it was in fact executive decision where they were crawling around in the attic. I just got my hijacked-plane movies mixed up. $\endgroup$
    – Jamiec
    Jun 30, 2022 at 7:28

The "attic" elsewhere is overhead luggage bins, as on most airliners. See the fuselage cross-section (circle, top right) and #47 in this cutaway of an A350-900, which also notes the crew rest compartments fore and aft.cutaway illustration of A350

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    $\begingroup$ So what you're saying is that the crew are considered carry on luggage... :) $\endgroup$
    – FreeMan
    Jun 28, 2022 at 17:23
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    $\begingroup$ Sure! I bet Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager felt like that too, after nine days! $\endgroup$ Jun 28, 2022 at 18:17
  • $\begingroup$ This would mean that in the crew rest areas there are no overhead luggage compartments? $\endgroup$
    – KPK
    Jul 1, 2022 at 5:43

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