Global airline association IATA has announced it is scrapping a recommendation to decrease sizes for aircraft carry-on baggage. One of the International Air Transportation Association’s vice-presidents said the plan had been cancelled because there had been severe criticism from US senators, air-industry advisory groups and airlines.
IATA had put forward a recommendation that would have seen sizes for carry-on baggage standardised but at about 20 per cent smaller than is currently allowed. IATA had proposed setting a standard size of 55x34x19-centimetres. The maximum size at present is 60x46x41-centimetres, but does vary with individual airlines.
IATA vice-president Tom Windmuller told media reporters that the backlash from the proposal had caused a rethink. He carried on by saying that something that was so controversial needed to be honed so that it was 100 per cent right.
IATA claimed the new size was a recommendation only and each airline had the right to set sizes as they considered fit. Announcing the proposal last week, the association remarked that the space saved in overhead lockers would do away with the problem of some passengers not being able to fit their bags in.
The bulk of the world’s airlines belong to IATA. Carriers such as Qatar, China Southern and Lufthansa have already stated they will adopt the new carry-on baggage size recommendation. Delta Air Lines is one of the airlines to say no.
A Delta spokesperson stated earlier this week that it would not be reducing the permitted size of its carry-on bags. He also said IATA should not have proposed a change without first asking members.