It is a familiar scenario for all those who are used to traveling by plane. However, airline companies might squeeze even more drastically on your luggage. This means you will soon need another suitcase and pack even lighter than you used to, unless you want to pay extra money to check in your carry-on bags.
The Worldwide Air Transport Association is planning to make changes regarding the accommodation of such bags and has revealed that it wants to harmonize air policies.
This is mainly due to the fact that each company currently comes with a different size accepted for carry-on bags. Some will take up to 22 inches bags, others will only accept luggage that does not exceed 14 inches.
This might turn to be confusing not only for passengers, but also to store owners who sell bags. Some of them say they are not sure which of their bags are suitable for certain companies.
“There is nothing that leads to more confusion among airlines and the passengers than what is the permitted size for a carry-on,” said Thomas Windmuller, who is the senior vice president for IATA.
This will indeed increase the efficiency of most airlines regarding boarding and check-in and it will help save more time for both the companies and the passengers.
Of course, all of us want some extra room in our bags for clothes or souvenirs, so when it comes to our opinion, we can definitely say the larger the suitcase is, the better.
However, the airline industry has decided that carry-on bags are too big and they are ready to limit them and shrink the maximum cabin size more than most companies have already done.
A few airlines have already approved of the new decision and have changed their maximum admitted size to fit the regulation. These include Lufthansa, Qatar, Avianca, Air China, Cathay Pacific, Emirates and China Southern.
While most passengers are not likely to be pleased with these changes, airlines will probably be happy about the smaller sizes of carry-ons, given the fact that it is sometimes painstakingly hard to store all the bags in the small overhead space.
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