Update: IATA retracted its proposed policy change for carry-on bags on 17 June, insisting that the restrictions were “a suggestion, not a standard”, and further saying that it will consult with stakeholders before establishing any official policy changes… though I doubt we have heard the last of this.
I read in the Washington Post that some international airlines are shrinking the allowed size of carry-on bags (based on new guidelines suggested by IATA). Well, that’s just great.
Air China, Avianca, Azul, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Emirates, Lufthansa and Qatar have all signed on to a rule restricting the size of carry-on bags to 21.5 inches tall by 13.5 inches wide and 7.5 inches deep, or approximately 21 percent smaller than the size currently permitted by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
This isn’t fair.
I can’t travel with one pair of shoes.
I don’t know for sure what I might want to wear next Tuesday.
I need those beauty products. All of them.
I love my Delsey bag and they don’t make that style any more. I can’t get another one, I have tried.
Although American Airlines said they have no immediate plans to change their rules concerning the size of carry-on bags, Delta and United have not responded.
Helpfully, IATA stated that the guideline is non-binding and that carriers are free to ignore the suggestion or adjust it. They also “stressed” that “nobody should feel compelled to run out and buy new luggage today.”
At least not until the gate agent tells you that your bag is too large.