Finally! The Carry-On Bag Dilemma Has Been Resolved By IATA
4 Aug 2015

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 12.53.33 AMIt’s the classic traveler’s dilemma: just how big should that carry-on bag be? While luggage manufacturers have jumped onto this confusion with a range of bags that claim to be perfectly proportioned for all airlines, there’s no denying that each airline has seemingly slightly different requirements and levels of strictness: and the last thing many of us wish to deal with is having a too-large carry-on bag that costs extra in luggage fees.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed by the aviation body IATA (International Air Transport Association), who launched a May 2015 initiative, “IATA Cabin OK”, which provides an optimum size guideline for carry-on bags. That size is 55 x 35 x 20 centimeters (or 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 in inches).

An IATA Cabin OK logo has been designed for a quick visual identifier for both aviation workers and passengers, and a number of international airlines have already signed up their interest and are expected to introduce the guidelines into their day-to-day operations in the near future.

The move isn’t just being welcomed by confused travelers who simply want to get from A to B with a minimum of hassle, the IATA has announced it as an advance for the airline industry.

“The development of an agreed, optimal cabin bag size will bring common sense and order to the problem of differing sizes for carry-on bags,” said Tom Windmuller, Senior Vice President for Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security at IATA.

“We know the current situation can be frustrating for passengers. This work will help to iron out inconsistencies and lead to an improved passenger experience.”

The launch is still very much underway, with IATA in discussion with bag manufacturers to ensure that the new generation of cabin bags features the IATA Cabin OK logo along with unique verification and identification codes designed in conjunction with baggage tracking solutions provider Okoban.

The move is being hailed as a part of a general trend in ensuring that despite some of the rigors that air travel comes with, a burgeoning hospitality industry is being built up to ensure passengers who need comfort can get it: from VIP meet and greet services to apps that fight jet lag and help book comfortable rooms to car transfers to and from the airport, it has never been easier to enjoy a customized and comfortable experience.

More information can be found in the IATA press release.

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