Proposal for new hand luggage restrictions by IATA is designed to make boarding easier, but may end up costing passengers.
Hand luggage restrictions are set to get a whole lot worse if new proposals by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) are approved.
The proposed requirements set forth by IATA – which represents 260 major carriers, accounting for 83%of air traffic – will limit the size of a carry-on bag to just 21.5 inches tall, 13.5 inches wide and 7.5 inches deep.
That’s in contrast to British Airways’ current regulations, which are slightly more generous at 22 inches tall, 18 inches wide and 10 inches deep.
Air China, China Southern, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa and Qatar have all said they’ll adopt the regulations – meaning customers may have to pay extra to place a non-compliant bag in the hold.
Bags that meet the requirements will be marked with an “IATA Cabin OK” logo in a blue circle, the association said in a video statement.
The bags will also be given unique IDs and smart codes to help lower incidents of loss luggage.
IATA senior vice president Thomas Windmuller said the new guidelines were designed to speed up the boarding process for passengers.
“There has to be a size that if the passenger buys it, they know they can take it on board with them,” he said.
“It should speed the boarding process. We see this as a [win] for everybody.”
By Nick Reilly | Yahoo News – 11 June 2015