On Tuesday Global airlines made an announcement that is going to send all fliers to the luggage stores. They have new guidelines for carry-on bags that are smaller than the guidelines prior to Tuesday in order to free up some space in the overhead bins. The process of how to implement the new guidelines are unsure, but many are worried that they may have to start checking their go-to carry on. This will lead to people needing to purchase smaller bags or needing to pay a fee to check their used-to carry-on bag.
The International Air Transport Association states that a carry on size should be 21.5 inches tall by 13.5 inches wide by 7.5 inches deep. Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and United Airlines let bags up to 22 inches by 14 inches by 9 inches as carry-ons.
"Once again, the airlines find a way to make their problem the passenger's problem - and an expensive problem at that," said travel industry consultant Henry Harteveldt on detroitnews.com. Harteveldt blames the airlines for squeezing too many seats onto the plane which causes the overloaded head bins.
The issue is that carry-on guidelines are not the same internationally and they are not consistently enforced. This new guideline is not the rule set in stone, it is supposed to be a measurement to become uniformed between airlines.
It has been said that there are nine major international airlines that will soon implement these guidelines. The said airlines are:Avianca, Azul, Caribbean Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Emirates, Lufthansa and Qatar. These airlines may have signed on, but no American airlines have decided to adopt these new measurements.