Here’s some good news if you love your carry-on bag — the proposal for everyone to officially carry a smaller bag appears to have failed.
That’s the news from the Chicago Tribune, which reports that that the International Air Transport Association, IATA, said it would put a hold on its plans to push smaller bags and begin a “comprehensive reassessment in light of concerns expressed, primarily in North America.”
IATA suggested last week that airlines worldwide adopt a smaller, similar standard of bags that would measure 21 inches tall, 13.5 inches wide and 7.5 inches deep. Most U.S. airlines have the current standard of 22 x 14 x 9.
The suggestion caused quite a stir on the Internets as passengers lamented losing their bags and the idea that this was just one more slight in service quality from airlines, which don’t exactly have the most awesome track records in customer satisfaction right now, as it would force people to check bags and pay more fees.
The Tribune reports that the U.S. airline association, Airlines for America, said that the new standard was unnecessary because it “flies in the face of the actions the U.S. carriers are taking to invest in the customer experience — roughly $1.2 billion a month — including larger overhead bins.”
“Our members already have guidelines in place on what size bags they can accommodate, making this action unnecessary,” said Nicholas E. Calio, CEO of Airlines for America, in the Tribune.
On a side note, if you’re flying on Boeing’s super-awesome 787 Dreamliner, you wouldn’t need it anyway. They say overhead storage can fit full-size bags.
So, carry on then.