IATA stops plans for carry-on bag size restrictions

Decision follows backlash from US airlines and consumers
The International Air Transport Association has stopped its plans to set size restrictions for carry-on luggage, following a backlash from airlines in the US as well as consumers.
Meeting for its annual summit in Miami last week, IATA announced new guidelines for carry-on bags, to stop different airlines confusing passengers by giving differing bag sizes.
It said that an optimum size guideline for carry-on bags had 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 had been developed to show to airline staff that a bag meets the guidelines.
As consumers interpreted the news as a sign that airlines would cut size limits on free carry-on bags, the association said later that it was not a maximum limit but just a suggestion.
Now, despite airlines like Lufthansa and Emirates expressing interest in the guidelines, IATA says it will reassess its Cabin OK plan in light of “significant concerns raised in the media and by key stakeholders” in North America.


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