New carry-on proposals: New Airline Carry On Guidelines
Published: June 10, 2015
New carry-on proposals: New Airline Carry On Guidelines, Millions of fliers might soon need to buy new carry-on suitcases.
Global airlines announced Tuesday new guidelines that would shrink the size of bags allowed on planes, part of an effort to free up space in packed overhead bins.
The move means that many bags now allowed would need to be checked. Fliers would either need to buy smaller suitcases or pay a fee to check their bags, typically $25 each way.
“For the airlines it means faster turnarounds because there will be fewer bags that need to be taken down onto the ramp and put into the hold,” Tom Windmuller, International Air Transport Association Vice President said.
A comparison between the new and old sizes of luggage (Photo: WUSA)
Under the new guidelines set by the IATA, which is the trade association for the airlines, bags could be no larger than be 21.5 inches tall by 13.5 inches wide by 7.5 inches deep. That’s smaller than the current maximum size allowed by U.S. airlines: 22 inches by 14 inches by 9 inches.
30-40 major airlines, including Emirates and Lufthansa, have expressed interest in this plan, according to IATA. However, representatives for American and Southwest said they have no immediate plans to change their bag size policies.
A manager at a TUMI store, which sells luggage, said they weren’t sure they sold anything skinny enough to fit the regulations. IATA says it’s working with luggage makers to design slimmer bags that could fit the new standards, some of which could appear on shelves by the end of the year.
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