One size fits all

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a new sized bag with the Cabin OK logo

a new sized bag with the Cabin OK logo

From Miami where the international airline organisation, IATA, was having one of its usual staid meetings which only get recorded by the aviation trade press came a bit of stir this Tuesday.
One of the IATA senior staff, Tom Windmuller, managed to get himself headlines around the world by announcing that the body was recommending a smaller size of cabin luggage so that more would fit into airline overhead lockers. That this is smaller than those recommended by British Airways, easyJet,  Ryanair and most American airlines will not help us passengers who have bought wheelie cases that allow us to maximise what we can carry and avoid hold luggage charges.
The suggested size is 55 x 35 x 20 cm (or 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches) and which means that, theoretically, everyone should find space for  their bags on board aircraft of 120 seats or larger. IATA is also suggesting that bags which fit the requirement carry a label saying “IATA Cabin OK.”
Everyone who has ever flown knows that stowing bags in the overhead lockers can be trying because many people flout guidelines and get away with it apart from with some no-frills airlines and even they are becoming more lenient. But to come up with a size smaller than most of us are used to doesn’t help passengers. But it will help luggage manufacturers enjoy healthier profits in the next year or so as we all go out and buy new bags that are acceptable. Again!
Some airlines have already signed up to the size despite the fact that airlines are still discussing the issue. You can see that airline staff are going to start saying to passengers that it isn’t their fault for the new sizes, it’s a regulation that they have to abide by. Completely wrong of course but I can already hear that being said.
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