Airlines to Require Smaller Carry-On Bags

By Paul Riegler on 10 June 2015
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DSC_0506New guidelines for carry-on bags may mean that travelers have to either buy new, smaller bags or pay to check a bag on some airlines.

The guidelines, announced by the International Air Transport Association on Tuesday, call for an “optimal” carry-on size that would be 21.5” tall by 13.5” wide by 7.5” deep.  The guidelines are not binding and no U.S. carrier has announced support for them.

Standards for carry-on bags can vary greatly by airline.  American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and US Airways all allow passengers to bring bags up to 22” by 14” by 9” onto most aircraft.

The association said that eight international airlines – Air China, Avianca, Azul, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Emirates, Lufthansa, and Qatar – will soon begin to require carry-on bags to meet the new guidelines.

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