Make sure your carry-on luggage will be allowed on planes

The International Air Transport Association has put forward a proposal for all airlines to stop allowing carry-ons onboard if they are bigger than 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches. Before travelling, check your airlines' rules on carry-ons.

According to CNN, there has been a proposal to reduce the size of carry-on bags allowed on planes to limit the number of passengers forced to check their carry-ons at the checking counter or even at the gate.

This idea is controversial and politicians are voicing their disagreement. For example, New York senator Chuck Schumer held a press conference a few days ago, asking major air carriers to oppose this idea. 

"This new proposal will not only put a dent in family's wallets but will also hurt business travelers because the proposed policy also prevents the use of roller bags," Schumer said. "Enough already!. We pay extra for checked baggage, leg room, head phones, pillows and even peanuts. The airlines are making record profits and don't need to add this further burden on the backs of travelers.", as reported by CNN.

The International Air Transport Association says that the proposal is intended to make more space for passengers to stow luggage in the over-head compartments. If the proposal is adopted, air carriers in the United States for example, would have to decrease their carry-on size by 20 to 40%.

Air China, China Southern, Emirates, Lufthansa and three other airline carriers have already accepted the IATA carry-on proposal. 

 

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