The carry-on game, my friends, is about to change. Since every airline seems to have its own idiosyncratic carry-on policy, it’s impossible to get one bag to fit them all. Some airlines have total dimension restrictions while others fixate on the size of the largest side. Some airlines insist on your carry-on fitting into their ridiculous bag-sizers before you board, while others make you gate-check if they telepathically sense that your luggage won’t fit. Unless you go for a uniformly small bag that fits all of those requirements, there’s no way to win. It’s madness. Luckily, the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) has come up with a solution that’s likely to please everyone.
IATA is the world’s largest airline industry group, representing over 260 airlines and 83% of global air traffic. They, too, seem to have identified this changing carry-on standard as a major problem and they’ve decided to fix it by creating a uniform standard for all carry-on bags. Imagine that! All the airlines playing by the same rules. According to an IATA spokesman, major airlines like Lufthansa and Emirates have already agreed to abide by the new standard and the biggest luggage makers like Tumi, Delsey, and Samsonite have all signed on. By the end of the year, the “IATA Cabin OK” logo should begin to find its way onto new luggage and you can start traveling secure in the knowledge that your bag is going to fit into that overhead with no problem.
So what’s the new standard? 55 x 35 x 20 cm (or 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches). That’s smaller than the current accepted dimensions by major US carriers like American Airlines and United, so you may be losing out on some space in order to fit into the new universal requirements. Is it worth it? I’m not entirely sure. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
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