IATA Backpedals: ‘No Need to Worry’ About Carry-On Bag Size

By Paul Riegler on 17 June 2015
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DSC_0091Following its announcement last Tuesday calling for an “optimal” carry-on size that would be 21.5” tall by 13.5” wide by 7.5” deep, the International Air Transport Association backpedaled somewhat.

Emphasizing that the proposed restrictions are not a maximum but an “optimum” size and that airlines will still be allowed to set their own larger limits, the association received numerous protests from airline passengers.

The original plan called for passengers with the correct size luggage to be issued an “IATA Cabin OK” tag signifying to gate agents that their bags met the new guidelines.

“For passengers traveling with bags that don’t have the Cabin OK logo, there’s no need to worry.  If it was accepted for travel before, it will be acceptable for travel now, but with the same uncertainty that if the flight is full it may eventually have to travel in the hold,” said Thomas Windmuller, a senior vice president at IATA.

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

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