You can stop shopping for that new, smaller carry-on bag ... for now.
The International Air Transport Assn. has backed off (“pausing,” it said in a release) its Cabin OK intiative announced this month. That proposal would give the thumbs up to carry-on bags that were 21 ½ by 13 ½ by 7 ½ inches.
The issue: Many U.S. airlines allow carry-on bags that are 22-by-14-by-9 inches. Some airlines allow bags larger than that; Southwest, for instance, will let you bring on a 24-by-16-by-10-inch bag
The proposal by IATA set off a furor among passengers, many of whom have begun toting their bags with them because many airlines (Southwest again being a notable exception) now charge for checked baggage.
In 2014, airlines collected more than $3.5 billion in checked baggage fees, according to a Bureau of Transportation Statistics report issued in May. Delta, United and American, the top three airlines serving LAX through April, collected more than $1.5 billion in fees, respectively.
Airlines for America, an industry trade organization for U.S. airlines, said in a release Wednesday that “no U.S. airlines are supporting the smaller carry-on bag initiative.” It also noted that the Cabin OK initiative would have been voluntary.
A tweet from Jaunted, which bills itself as the “pop culture travel guide” seems to sum up consumer sentiment
Phew! IATA Backs Down On Reducing Carry-On Sizes. http://t.co/EDopTnD1Gw— Jaunted (@Jaunted) June 18, 2015
And Runaway Girl Network, “where air transport intelligence meets the passenger experience,” suggests
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