U.S. Airlines Come Out Against New Carry-On Size Limitations

By Jesse Sokolow on 17 June 2015
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DSC_0695A few days after the International Air Transport Association backpedaled on its recommendation to downsize the size of carry-on bags on many flights, Airlines for America, a trade association representing the largest airlines in the United States, said that no U.S. airlines will support the proposal.

In a statement, Airlines for America Nicholas E. Calio, the group’s CEO, said that the initiative was “unnecessary,” and that it “flies in the face of the actions the U.S. carriers are taking to invest in the customer experience,” which Calio said cost “roughly $1.2 billion a month.”

Last week, the International Air Transport Association called for an “optimal” carry-on size that would be 21.5” tall by 13.5” wide by 7.5” deep.

The association began backpedaling on the proposal earlier this week after receiving numerous protests from passengers and airlines, although it 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.

Currently, 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.

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