The International Air Transport Association (IATA), announced a new initiative to optimize the accommodation of carry-on bags given differing carry-on bag sizes and airline policies. Passengers are set to be hit with new stricter controls according to the new guidelines.
Working with airline members of IATA and aircraft manufacturers, an optimum size guideline for carry-on bags has been agreed that will make the best use of cabin storage space. A size of 55 x 35 x 20 cm (or 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches) means that theoretically everyone should have a chance to store their carry-on bags on board aircraft of 120 seats or larger.
The size set by British Airways, for example, is currently 22 inches tall, 18 inches wide and 10 inches deep. American Airlines say carry-on-bags measure up to 22 inches length x 14 inches width x 9 inches height or 115cm (56 x 36 x 23 cm)
An “IATA Cabin OK” logo to signify to airline staff that a bag meets the agreed size guidelines has been developed. A number of major international airlines have signaled their interest to join the initiative and will soon be introducing the guidelines into their operations.
Several major baggage manufacturers have developed products in line with the optimum size guidelines, and it is expected bags carrying the identifying label will start to reach retail shops later this year. Recognition of the IATA Cabin OK logo is expected to grow with time as more airlines opt-in to this IATA initiative.
Eight carriers have already said they will follow the new controls: Air China, Avianca, Azul, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Emirates, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways.