IATA recommends luggage manufacturers make cabin baggage 42% smaller
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Update - After an "intense" response IATA has scrapped it's recommendations to reduce the recommend cabin baggage allowance by almost half. Their recommendations already had the support of a number of major airlines and with airline overhead lockers at bursting point, we'll see how long it takes for charges to become the mechanism to dissuade the larger carry-ons.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has recently released new guidelines for carry-on luggage, which will see the recommended allowable dimensions reduced to 55 cm x 35 cm x 19 cm. This is considerably smaller than the current standard allowance of 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm. If these guidelines come into play, it will become increasingly difficult for passengers to pack what they need for even a few days away. Many will once again have to check in their baggage. This means that travellers will be forced to pay checked baggage fees and will be at risk of incurring extortionate excess baggage fees. Only time will tell what level of confusion and extra cost to the traveller these new guidelines will cause.
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