Airlines threaten this on and off fairly regularly. They never enforce it. I wish they would. It would make the boarding process much easier and faster when we don't have to wait behind someone trying to push a piano into the overhead bin.
But you can count on 1 thing. If they do enforce it they will make exceptions for class of service and possibly top level elites.
Leaving for Venice in early November and will take carry-on (roller board) luggage as usual. Hopefully, it won't be a problem on outgoing flight. I often check my luggage on return flight, though, as I'm not as concerned about lost luggage on return.
What really gripes me, though, is when someone sitting in the rear of the plane, puts his(her) luggage in the overhead near the front of the plane to avoid the hassle when de-boarding and to insure they have overhead storage. This only complicates luggage storage in overhead rack for everyone else, particularly the ones seated under the same overhead rack.
It's true! I have a bag that fits nicely in any of the overhead compartments I have been exposed to, but, for some reason, it's wheels fall outside the acceptable measurement. I fly first class almost all of the time and have had my bag measured and confiscated twice in the past two weeks. I have been told that the airlines have been threatened with fines by the FAA if they do not crack down on this. I think it's bull and it is being driven by more people bringing their bag to the counter at the last minute to get checked for free, thus causing a loss of revenue for the airlines. My frustration is that i purchased this 'carryon bag' recently for a lot of $$$ and now I am being told it does not fit the measurement criteria even though it fits the overhead fine....
While I sympathize with the frustration, if it exceeds the size guidelines then it exceeds the size guidelines. As I said in a previous post, I expect to see 1st class get "the benefit of the doubt" but if it's a rule then we're all kind of stuck with it.
Frankly, I'd like to see TSA go back to the "gates" they used to have at the scanners. If you bag didn't fit through the gate then you got sent back to the counter to check it in.