When Kate was about 4, I bought a carry-on with the specific measurements so that it would fit under the seat in front of her. Snacks, books, toys, juice boxes, change of clothes, stuffed animal, blankie. Essentials at my fingertips. Last night as I was rolling laptop(s) to Apple ... the outer hard plastic on the wheels broke off. So imagine my surprise when I went online to get a replacement!
In early June, the International Air Transport Association issued new carry on luggage size of 21.5 inches by 13.5 inches by 7.5 inches for carry on bags, (smaller than the 22-by-14-by-9 limit used by most travelers). So yes! Seats ARE getting smaller … all the while I am getting larger. And overhead storage must be also.
BUT Air Travelers have been heard! Under immediate pressure, the International Air Transport Association has clarified an announcement that had carry-on road warriors prepared to reluctantly toss their bulky rollaboards for a forlorn future of tighter luggage and fewer changes of underwear.
And indeed, some airlines have expressed interest in a system where smaller bags could get priority to stay on board with a “Cabin OK” logo attached. When space is tight and bags have to be gate-checked, the ones without the tags would go first. Nine non-U.S. carriers have confirmed interest in the new size, but not as an absolute limit. United States carriers seem less enthused about Cabin OK preferences, and none have yet expressed plans to change their carry-on size limits.
IF ONLY each airline would enforce their own rules about one carry one and one personal item, we wouldn’t have to change anything. When I see what people expect to put on a plane (free, goodness knows they wouldn’t want to pay $25) it astounds me.
Pet Peeve 4,297.