Airlines try to solve carry-on bag dilemma

Optimum size guidelines for carry-on bags is agreed
The International Air Transport Association, currently meeting for its world air transport summit in Miami, has announced new guidelines for carry-on bags, in an effort to stop different airlines confusing passengers by giving differing bag sizes. But not all airlines are on board.
An optimum size guideline for carry-on bags has been agreed, with the size of 55 x 35 x 20 cm (or 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches) being the maximum for bags that passengers can take on board planes of 120 seats or larger.
An IATA Cabin OK logo to show to airline staff that a bag meets the agreed size guidelines has been developed. The association says that a number of major international airlines have signalled their interest to join the initiative and will soon introduce the guidelines into their operations.
According to press reports, these include Lufthansa, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Air China, Avianca, Azul and China Southern.
“The development of an agreed optimal cabin bag size will bring common sense and order to the problem of differing sizes for carry-on bags. We know the current situation can be frustrating for passengers. This work will help to iron out inconsistencies and lead to an improved passenger experience,” said Tom Windmuller, IATA’s senior vice president for airport, passenger, cargo and security.
Several major baggage manufacturers have developed products in line with the new size guidelines, and it is expected that bags carrying the label will start to reach retail shops later this year.
TTG Nordic / Telegraph