When I flew Boston to Phoenix last month, by the time I got to board the plane, they had ran out of overhead space and had to check my bag at the door of the plane.
This has never happened to me before!!!
It also meant that they had to do the same for everyone behind me in line.
How could the overhead be full if I wasn’t in my seat?
It worked out for me because I didn’t have a connecting flight, and because my luggage was last on it was almost first off.
Also, I knew it was getting on my plane because the guy took it right before I stepped on the plane and passed it down below. YIKES!
But, what about people that only travel with carry-on ?!
I’m a rule follower so I only bring on what I’m allowed.
It will be interesting to see what the airlines do next about carry on size!
Airlines to Address Carry On Bag Issues
Miami – The International Air Transport Association (IATA), announced a new initiative to optimize the accommodation of carry-on bags given differing carry-on bag sizes and airline policies.
Working with airline members of IATA and aircraft manufacturers, an optimum size guideline for carry-on bags has been agreed that will make the best use of cabin storage space. A size of 55 x 35 x 20 cm (or 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches) means that theoretically everyone should have a chance to store their carry-on bags on board aircraft of 120 seats or larger.
An “IATA Cabin OK” logo to signify to airline staff that a bag meets the agreed size guidelines has been developed. A number of major international airlines have signaled their interest to join the initiative and will soon be introducing the guidelines into their operations.
“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. 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,” said Tom Windmuller, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security.
IATA is working with baggage tracking solutions provider Okoban to manage the approval process of bag manufacturers. Each bag meeting the dimensions of the specifications will carry a special joint label featuring IATA and Okoban as well as a unique identification code that signals to airline staff that the bag complies with the optimum size guidelines.
Several major baggage manufacturers have developed products in line with the optimum size guidelines, and it is expected bags carrying the identifying label will start to reach retail shops later this year. Recognition of the IATA Cabin OK logo is expected to grow with time as more airlines opt-in to this IATA initiative.