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Should Airline Carry-On Sizes Have Smaller Size Limits?

The International Air Transport Association recently proposed smaller size requirements for carry-on luggage, stating the new requirements would make travel easier for passengers. Should carry-on sizes be smaller?

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last 24 hours | post-gazette
Smaller carry-ons: But will the airlines check the size of bags? - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"...Already some of the major international carriers Lufthansa, Air China, Emirates, Qatar and Pacific have said they would use the proposed limits.If smaller carry-ons will lead to less boarding time and less wrestling in the aisle with bulky suitcases, hard-bitten travelers may not mind the new restrictions. But that presumes the airlines' gate employees will actually check bag dimensions and weed out those that exceed the limit. At a time of low customer service, that's a pretty big if...." see full article


915 days ago | washingtonpost
Airlines could soon shrink the size of luggage youre allowed to carry on

"...The airlines are have begun working with luggage manufacturers to produce new bags meeting the dimensions that will be labeled Cabin OK. The guideline is designed to allow every passenger to have room for their carry-on bags in a plane of at least 120 seats. Currently, 20 passengers have to check their bags because overhead compartments are full.The idea is to set a standard size that consumers can be confident will be allowed on most major airlines. "If you've got a Cabin OK bag ... you can fit it in. And it'll be someone else's bag that has to go in the hold, not yours," Goater said...." see full article


916 days ago | runwaygirlnetwork
Carry-on baggage standard makes sense if ALL airlines adhere to it
"...But the most important aspect of setting a standard carry-on size is that all IATA member airlines must participate and honor it in order for the standard to be truly effective. So far, the association has indicated that only some major international carriers are on board with the sizing. Air Canada and WestJet have indicated they have no intention of adopting the proposed standard, reports the National Post.Given past behavior, one could easily see an airline deviate from the standard, requiring even smaller bags, and guaranteeing itself a fat stream of extra baggage fees from passengers who detrimentally relied on IATA's standard...." see full article


916 days ago | nj
New airline industry guidelines for carry-on bags could cost fliers money
"...For example, passengers changing airlines for connecting flights or whatever reason might find that a carry-on acceptable to one carrier was prohibited by another. The inability to fit all carry-on bags into overhead racks can also delay departures while crews deal with the situation, sometimes by having carry-on bags placed in the baggage compartment.  "The International Air Transport Association (IATA), announced a new initiative to optimize the accommodation of carry-on bags given differing carry-on bag sizes and airline policies," the IATA announced on Tuesday.The new guideline calls for maximum dimensions of 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches (or 55 x 35 x 20 centimeters), a volume intended to let everyone aboard a 120-seat aircraft or larger store a carry-on bag in the overhead rack...." see full article


916 days ago | slate
Time for a New Suitcase: Airlines Want to Make Your Carry-On Bag Even Smaller

"...It sometimes seems like airlines aren't in the business of flying, but of making your flight as miserable as possible. To wit, the International Air Transport Association is out with a new proposal that recommends making your already-small carry-on bag even smaller. The optimal size for a carry-on, according to IATA, is 21.5 inches in height, 13.5 inches in width, and 7.5 inches in depth. That's shorter and narrower than the 22-by-14-by-9 inch maximum currently allowed on many airlines.Yet fear not, airline travelers, for IATA senior vice president Tom Windmuller assures you that these recommendations are designed to make things easier for everybody, first and foremost for the passenger. How's that? Well, several big bag manufacturers including Tumi, Delsey, and Samsonite are all interested in this and will be coming on board in the near future, Windmuller explains in an online Q&A. Wait, you say. Bag manufacturers are on board with an airlines initiative that could force a huge number of the world's travelers to buy brand new carry-ons? No, no. That couldn't possibly be right...." see full article


916 days ago | latimes
Suspicion among the reactions to airline carry-on bag guidelines - Los Angeles Times
"...But a few travelers say they suspect the proposal is an attempt by airlines to fit more bags into each plane and generate revenue by charging for the bags. This move is to obviously serve the airlines and not the customer, said Rick Mervis, an office manager for a computer systems firm in Chatsworth. When is the last time the airlines did something to serve their customers' best interests? Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the ranking member of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development, was also wary of the trade group's motives...." see full article


917 days ago | usatoday
Airline industry says carry-on bags should be smaller - USA TODAY

"...While IATA's proposed smaller carry-on maximum would "theoretically" fix that, it would also render obsolete the carry-on bags of millions of passengers.IATA's recommendation would cap the size of cabin luggage at 21.5 inches tall by 13.5 inches wide by 7.5 inches deep. That's smaller than the carry-on maximum currently in place at many airlines, including the three biggest U.S. carriers: American, Delta and United. The limit at those airlines stands at 22 inches tall by 14 inches wide by 9 inches deep. Southwest allows carry-ons that are 24 by 16 by 10.But IATA's recommendation is just that. Though the trade group is an influential mouthpiece for the industry, airlines are not obligated to adopt the carry-on standards. That remains up to each individual carrier...." see full article


920 days ago | washingtonpost
The Insiders: We must not let them shrink the size of carry-on luggage - Washington Post (blog)

"...What are the airlines thinking? Why would they want to push more customers into the netherworld purgatory of staring hypnotically at baggage carousels, where your soul slowly drains away? Surely some airline with a desire to actually make an effort to engage in accommodating customers and that has thought through the travel experience could come up with a way to make the cabin luggage compartments bigger! Imagine the airline that figures out a way to allow customers a few MORE inches of space per bag.It is true that fewer people are checking bags, but the reasons for that are the airlines' own fault. Checking a bag is burdensome and expensive even when everything works as it is supposed to. And the odds that you will be faced with the trials of dealing with a lost or missing bag just make the whole exercise not worth rolling the dice. I've noticed more and more hotels are gearing up for people to travel with less and have their laundry done more. Laundry service and the quality of that service has expanded a lot in international hotels over the past 10 or 15 years...." see full article



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