Today the IATA announced a global standard for carry on bags that will be adopted by 30 out of 40 member airlines (so far). This promises to make traveling with your carry on much easier, especially when traveling abroad. However, as is the case with any "good news" in the airlines industry, there's a catch... Maximum carry on bag sizes will be shrinking by half an inch. That means your 22" carry on will no longer be allowed on as a carry on. The new dimensions will be 21.5x13.5x7.5
How do you feel about this? This global standard will particularly impact those like IAHFLYR that travel exclusively with a carry on.
My larger carryon may no longer fit, but the smaller one (18" tall) which I usually take will be fine. Now we'll just have to see if/when the proposed standard is adopted.
Even with the old rules, people clearly brought on bags that were too large. If the old rules weren't enforced, why should we expect the new ones will be? It's like anything else. Most folks will try to adhere to rules and others will try to get around them.
I guess I better make sure I can fit all my stuff in my small carryon no matter the length of my trip.
It won't affect me, I'll start taking Greyhound.
This will be met with very very strong resistance for sure, unless of course your favorite airline will be purchasing these new carry on bags. Guess those larger overhead bins are pointless now so expect a rash of redesigning them again.
Speaking of the Big 3, I saw this post today... thought it was hilarious!
Wow, an interesting story kharada46, and thanks for sharing!
The shrinkage of carry on limits by a 1/2 inch seems arbitrary to me. I'm not even sure of the dimensions of my carry-on, but the change doesn't seem like something that can quickly and accurately be measured.
Driving people to have to purchase new carry-on bags is an unfortunate outcome as well.
I'm intrigued to see how this plays out, from bag re-sizing to, as IAHFLYR points out, the redesigning of overhead bins.
It is! It really doesn't seem like a big deal, except for the fact that new carry on bags need to be purchased. I fall into that camp so I'm not happy about this, but I do like the idea of a global standard so I don't have to check 3 or 4 different airlines to make sure my bag will meet each of their standards.
I am all for an international standard.
Baggage allowances vary by (international) airlines, and it's frustrating to get to the baggage check-in counter on international flights, only to find that your international carrier plays by a different set of rules. Having to adapt to those rules by making last minute adjustments in the airport and the ensuing eleventh hour stress of worrying about missing an international flight is no fun at all. And if you smirk at the agents, they will smirk back by reminding you that as an American on one of their U.S. bound flights, you already get "special baggage allowance" privileges that no one else gets** (so, "kundly-shut-up-und-quit-your-vhining" ). I have had to do this with Qantas (weight limit of 7kg in addition to bag size for carry-on, which is pretty small, especially considering how much an empty bag weighs to begin with). While the small weight allowance was rigidly enforced, at least the agent was helpful and solution oriented. I have also had to deal with weight issues with LH at FRA, because although my two bags fell within the total weight allowance, the weight between the bags was not distributed evenly (yes, I was pretty mad over that one, because not only did they make me rearrange and re-weigh my bags three times, the contempt in their voice when informing me that I was already receiving special baggage privileges did nothing to mitigate my frustration.)
**It's common to see on the baggage information webpages for international carriers a bolded clause "For U.S. flights only:".
Totally in agreement pluto77! I can't believe LH would do that to you, seeing as they're supposed to be one of the better airlines out there service-wise. I really can't stand/understand those low weight limits for carry on bags in Europe too... My laptop already weighs 5lbs... my camera gear? Just as much... It's just about impossible! I remember flying AB, for those segments I crammed everything I could into our checked bags just so I'd (barely) stay under the carry on weight limits. And then, of course, their checking of your carry on weight was, well, inconsistent...
I wonder if this new system will do away with the weight limits?
I've never had any carry-on weighed (except one flight in The Philippines where they weighed you with your carry-on). But, just in case, I wear a Scottevest jacket that I can load all of my electronics (and more) into which would save a lot of weight in the actual carry-on bag.
Ah, 7, I'm guessing you were riding a little puddle jumper like a Cessna Grand Caravan?
Hey, that's not a puddle jumper it's an ocean lander at times!!!
Yep, the smaller airplanes need to do weight/balance so you are going to have to provide the gate agent with everything including your own weight. I was in line last year headed to Scrub Island and the agent asked the lady in front of us her weight.....she quietly whispered into his ear 140 which really wasn't so quiet since we heard it. When I got up to give him our information I looked and he wrote down 200 which was probably much more accurate. LOL
LOL....pluto77 the SF34 won't be an issue for any personal issues such as mentioned previously, but taking Cape Air (my favorite to Scrub) it will be as long as they are flying the wonderful fun C402 or Islander. Hey, if they let her on you are gold.
It looks like the smaller carry-on issue is now dead in the water after DL, AA and UA didn't want to play.