Tour Bus Operator Stashes Extra Passengers In Luggage Compartment


When a tour bus operator found he had more passengers than seats, he put six people in the luggage compartment with mattresses and pillows.

Now the Michigan company has been ordered to cease commercial bus operations after the discovery during a trip to Ohio.

The order against Haines Tours of Gladwin was issued Friday by the U.S. Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

An Ohio State Patrol officer found six people May 27 in the luggage compartment of a bus traveling from Michigan to Clyde, Ohio. Mattresses and pillows were in the luggage area.

It is reported that the driver told the officer there was no room on the bus for more passengers.

  • mcnertny

    Was this a tour from mexico?

    • Katykay

      Bet the mattresses had bed bugs…..what movie did they watch down there?

    • ZinZanMan

      I LOVE IT! I am one of 10 kids and we all used to pile in my parents Bel Air station-wagon. My dad said he could tell if he left a kid somewhere by how hard we bottomed out over every bump in the road.

      I love this guy, he may be my long lost uncle.


      • R. Ronaldo

        What’s the problem? If people agreed to it of their own free will, lt them travel in the luggage compartment.

        We should get used to this since the country is headed to third world status, this may be the only way some will be able to travel. But, I would refuse to share my space with a chicken as 2late2matter posted.

    • Kristyn


      • Tula May

        Grr. in India they would be on the roof also..ruff

      • 2late2matter

        Dunno, but I rode in the Guatemalan “chicken buses” which probably weren’t much less uncomfortable.

    • Jimmy

      did anyone ever see the luggage compartment of a tour bus??? To say that people would be cramped would be a huge understatement!

    • Ed Liebel

      can tell you greyhound is no better in over packing passengers… i had to stand from nashville all the way to dayton Ohio.. called dallas told them of the mess they said well here’s a 30 buck discount … told them what for i will never use them again

  • Brian Colaruso

    Thank goodness this company doesn’t run an airline!

    • Alvar the Fool

      I’ll take a cargo “seat” if the price is right!

    • Cas

      It’s called American Airlines !

  • Paul E. Ester

    Thirdworldization of america continues. I suspect they’ll be riding on the roof next just like India.

  • S.holler

    If someone is dumb enough to get in the luggage department, they deserve whatever they get.

    • wordpolice

      dumb enough to call it a luggage department

    • Jeigh


    • proudnot2bliberal

      I agree 200%! 1st thing I said when I read this WTH really? Now im just saying but the 6 had to be mexican or of another 3 or 4th world economy.

      • maggiesmomma

        Just to set the record straight…I was on this particular bus as a paying customer. The people riding under the bus were the driver’s family. They are American citizens. The driver was simply taking his family to Cedar Point along with the rest of us.

  • Pat

    Awesome. I want to know how he broke the news to the “passengers”. Was it something they embraced or agreed to with some reluctance. Carbon monoxide vs ability to go rifling through peoples’ bags vs collision risk vs…

    Did he provide lighting? Bathroom breaks? Any gambling or prostitution going on in the belly of the bus? So many questions unanswered by this article!!

  • Rikki Tikki

    Must not be too uncommon if he had matresses and pillows on hand.

    • Riki Tiki

      You spelled my name wrong.

      • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

        Let me officially set the record straight.

  • William Carter

    It’s common practice in Mexico for the “relief” driver to ride (and sleep) in the luggage compartment. Not bad digs, actually, if you want to stretch out and sleep for a while.

    Carbon monoxide aside, I don’t know if the luggage compartment is any more dangerous than the passenger compartment in an accident. Seat belt use is not required “upstairs”. Mattresses and pillows may actually provide superior protection.

    • The Comet

      Where injuries come from is the sudden decelaration. That is why seatbelts save lives because you decelarate with the vehicle. When you don’t have one it is the sudden stop into the object in front that does the damage. That is why race car drivers have the 4-point harness, and they now strap the heads to the headrest. So the body decelarates with the vehicle.

      • Rikki Tikki

        It’s not the fall that kills you, it’s the sudden stop at the bottom.

    • Berry Henson

      Well, by your opinion maybe the bus companies should charge extra for luggage compartment accomodations. “Sleeper compartments”, as it were. The truth here is that commercial transportation operators, including freight haulers, operate as close to the line of illegality as they can. Many times they go over the line. The drivers often times eschew good common sense safety practices for the purpose of making as much money as they can. It’s possible that this driver could have come up with this on his own, but I tend to think that he was ordered to do this by his superiors. The driver did not have the sense to know that he is not required to do anything illegal when ordered to do so by his boss. He cannot be punished for doing ther right thing. The fact that there were mattresses available in the luggage compartment makes me think this was anticipated. The company should be shutdown.

      A commercial driver with a brain…

      • Alx1775

        Of course the driver can be punished for refusing to do something illegal.

        All the company has to do is come up with some pretext – say, a safety violation. There are probably plenty of those already on this bus line – and the driver is terminated. Play ball, do what the company says, or walk.

        This isn’t how it *should* be, but how it is.

  • JJ

    Well, gotta hand it to the guy for sheer improvisational skills.

  • Error

    This is the Third World’s version of “We need a couple passengers to move to the back of the plane for weight and balance reasons…”

    • Alvar the Fool

      Dude we are 3rd world, most of us dont know it yet….

  • Jason

    Maybe this guy gets a per passenger commission. One can’t blame someone for trying to make an extra buck.

    • Michael

      Exactly. Can’t blame someone for not paying their taxes. Can’t blame someone for ripping off a customer. Can’t blame someone for selling illegal substances. Can’t blame someone for doing quick work with uncertified parts. Just trying to make an extra-buck.

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  • Rhett1

    That bus had to be from Detroit!

    • Cas

      Was it full of ACORN voters going across atate lines again ?


    HA HA! Hank Warren is dumb.

  • C3po

    Obviously there was a whistle blower on the bus how else did the state trooper have the reason to stop the bus …no mention of probable cause for the traffic stop.

    • maggiesmomma

      The whistle blower was a worker at the truck stop. I was on the bus.

  • Atlas Shrugged

    I guess there was not enough room on the roof next to the chicken coops.

    New class of ridership, BAGGAGE.

  • Cameron

    And the photo which accompanies this story not only has nothing to do with it; the photo is not even from this country.

    You should be ashamed and embarrassed, WWJ.

    • Lauren

      The photo is from this country – that is symbol and name for the “Fung Wah” bus, you can see the “AH” from the end of the name. The bus runs out of Chinatown in at least NYC and Boston, and I’m sure other places in the US.

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  • Obama Load

    Typical in Mexico. With Obama our third world present-dent importing mexicans by the bus load it all makes sense.

  • Egomet Bonmot

    Where in the flying pink Jesus did this guy find an entire busload of people who wanted to take a tour from •Detroit• to •Ohio•???

    • wampum

      not Detroit. Gladwin, which is waaaaay north of Detroit. I don’t know how Gladwin, MI to Clyde, Oh is such a popular route. There is nothing in either of those towns.

  • Obama Bin Lyin

    Did Obama throw them under the bus? Usual method for Obama Bin Lyin.

  • Bill

    These dope paranoiacs who show up here turning everything into an Obama story really have to get a life.

    • Lou

      yeah, we all know it was Bush’s fault

    • King Zahorik of Prague IV

      Just plain “Bill”. Live long and SUCK it!

  • Wix Zee

    lol, gotta love those silly Mexicans.

    • Mauna

      When you have almost 2 million of them in your city getting free schooling, free healthcare thru medicaid, welfare, food stamps, you get to dislike them very much. They will take anything that is not nailed down, and some times will take the nails out.

      • jackie Davis

        In response to Mauna comment, you must be making reference to your people. Stereotyping of one’s race is not base on facts but shows a persons ignorance.

  • Carl Z.

    Wouldn’t this be a great Seinfeld episode? Like the one where all the businessmen slept in the drawers in Kramer’s apartment. Awright……

  • Mongo Aurelio

    Benny Hills Tours did this decades ago…

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  • y not

    Awesome. Is smoking allowed in that section?

    • Alvar the Fool

      Excellent question…that maybe how they were caught the smoke billowing out of the compartment….

  • counterintuitive

    These beguiled passengers thought they were on the Queen Mary. Their tickets said “Steerage Accommodations”.

  • Kylie StJohn

    Did the ones who sat below get a discount? I say put all the kids down there.

  • Wm

    As a Christian former tour bus operator, I say that if God put Jonah in the belly of a whale, then we should be able to put passengers in the belly of a bus.

  • Cal

    July 4, 1776-Nov. 4, 2008
    Cause of Death: Suicide!

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  • Alvar the Fool

    Wait how much did those “seats” cost. Will the airlines let me do that?

  • Alvar the Fool

    Rob…re-read the article….and if this is still your comment, please tell me you don’t own any weapons….

  • Paul

    I needed a good laugh…And this story did it! The economy class seats are getting worse.

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  • Early Ardmore

    This is luxury compared to riding in the landing gear on an airplane. Blankets, pillows and fellow baggage. Man that’s first class.


  • davelucas

    I hope the passengers got a discount.

  • Ron

    It sounds more comfortable than the seats – I wouldn’t mind it at all.

  • dessertgirl

    First class buses in Mexico always carry an extra driver who sleeps in a compartment next to the luggage. Every 8 hours or so the bus pulls over and the drivers switch. I can’t help thinking that the air quality can’t be that good and the relief driver may take the wheel with a buzz on.

    • somedude

      How is the air quality any worse than the driver position? The engine and exhaust is at the rear. Maybe sitting and idling, but moving the air should be fine LOL!

  • fred

    If the passengers don’t mind, who cares? We have been dumbed down that we can’t make a move without the government telling us if we can or not. We are over regulated. No one forced these people. Let them decide.

  • cecil

    The flip side of this tabloid saga is that the passengers got in the luggage area on their own accord and so they is responsibles.

  • smokeybandit

    What’s more disturbing here…that the bus company made people “sit” in the luggage area…or that people actually agreed to it?

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  • Su Yu

    if the luggage compartment is rockin’,….don’t come a knockin’!

  • KCview

    Will you be travelling coach, or sleeping compartment sir?

  • Bill Clinton

    The lower deck bachelor pad equipped with a mirror ball and vibrating bed…

    They must be members of the 2 foot club.

  • Kip Noxzema

    If that driver told me I had to cram into that compartment, I would’ve told him where he could cram it.

    Yeah, pull the license.

  • stu

    When ya gotta gamble, ya gotta gamble..

  • ToothAche

    I took AMTRAK from Tucson Az to Eugene, Or. It was 14 hours late coming into LA, the toilets overflowed, the was no food or fresh water available. Heading north to San Luis Obispo was another 9 hours, we got off for a 12 minute stop over just to have an undercover drug bust at the train station, add another 4 hours for a train search. Got into Eugene 19 hours late from LA. 1400 hundred miles, 33 hours late. Overflow toilets, no fresh water, no diner, snack bar sold out.

    I’ll take the luggage compartment.

  • mac

    This is how my parents met

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