IATA makes recommendations to ease passengers' luggage frustration

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) yesterday announced an initiative to improve the on board space for carry-on bags. The initiative suggests that carry-on bag sizes should be standardised to avoid the frustration of luggage not fitting into the cabin overhead bin.

The new recommended size is slightly smaller than the current standards. The current regulation allows a single carry-on bag with a maximum weight of seven kilograms and within specified dimensions (36cm x 23cm x 56cm). IATA suggests a size of 55 x 35 x 20 cm (or 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches) which will allow everyone to store their carry-on bags on board aircraft of 120 seats with no hassles.

To get more insight into the matter we spoke to Otto De Vries, CEO of the South African Association of Travel Agents.

In terms of our role, its key that we're not only aware of this recommendations but that we are able to convey them in an effective manner to our customers because obviously nobody wants to arrive at airports surprised by any requirements.

Otto De Vries

According to De Vries, the regulations are not implemented yet but merely recommendations. The success of it depends on the number of airlines that will opt to implement the suggested regulations. He says the challenge is when passengers will have to deal with different sizes requirements depending on whether the airlines chose to implement or not.


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