IATA To Push Standardized Carry-On Size

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It’s a good day for luggage makers.

IATA has announced a new initiative to optimize – and ultimately standardize - the accommodation of carry-on bags on its member airlines, which currently have differing policies.

In tandem with member airlines and aircraft manufacturers, IATA has come up with an optimum size guideline for carry-on bags: 55 x 35 x 20 cm (or 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches) was selected because theoretically at that size everyone should have a chance to store their carry-on bags on board aircraft of 120 seats or larger.

An “IATA Cabin OK” logo to signify to airline staff that a bag meets the agreed size guidelines has been developed. And the organization says a number of major international airlines have signaled interest to join the initiative and plan to implement the guidelines into their operations.

“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, said Tom Windmuller, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Airport, Passenger, Cargo & Security. “This work will help to iron out inconsistencies and lead to an improved passenger experience.”

IATA is working with baggage tracking solutions provider Okoban to manage the approval process of bag manufacturers. Each bag meeting the dimensions of the specifications will carry a special joint label featuring IATA and Okoban as well as a unique ID code that signals to airline staff that the bag complies with the optimum size guidelines.

Several major baggage manufacturers have developed products in line with the optimum size guidelines, and IATA says bags carrying the identifying label should start to reach retail shops later this year.

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