has issued comments it says are aimed at clarifying key elements of its Cabin
OK initiative “which have been misunderstood in some reporting.” The airline
organization says its ‘Cabin OK’ initiative for carry-on bags aims to provide
passengers with a greater assurance that their carry-on bags will travel with
them in the aircraft cabin, even when the flight is full.
Cabin OK size guideline, developed by working with airlines and manufacturers,
is 55 x 35 x 20 cm (or 21.5” x 13.5” x 7.5" inches). IATA says this size
was calculated to make the best use of storage space in the cabin.
fully embraced by passengers, everyone would have a chance to travel with their
carry-on bags on board aircraft of 120 seats or larger even when the flight is
full,” a statement says.
Air Canada and WestJet have stated they will maintain their current carry-on
size requirements, though IATA says “a number of major international airlines
have signaled their interest to join the initiative.”
group says that while these airlines may not mandate the suggested Cabin OK
size, “they will soon be introducing operational guidelines to give Cabin OK
bags priority to stay on board the aircraft when all carry-on bags cannot be
accommodated in the cabin.”
Cabin OK guideline is not a maximum size limit. The maximum size of cabin
baggage is set individually by each airline. This is not affected by the Cabin
IATA Cabin OK guideline is smaller than the size set by most airlines as their
maximum acceptable for carry-on baggage – by as much as 20%.
passengers with Cabin OK carry-on baggage can travel with a greater assurance
that it will be acceptable across the different airline requirements,” IATA
says in a press release.
OK is all about providing the customer with greater assurances. If you have a
Cabin OK bag, you can be pretty sure that you are within the maximum carry-on
limits of airlines around the world. If you are travelling on an airline
participating in the program, you will have the best chance that your bag will
be with you in the cabin even on a full flight,” said Thomas Windmuller, IATA’s
Senior Vice President for Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security.
passengers traveling with bags that don’t have the Cabin OK logo, there’s no
need to worry. If it was accepted for travel before, it will be acceptable for
travel now, but with the same uncertainty that if the flight is full it may
eventually have to travel in the hold,” said Windmuller.