Confused about the Proposed Cabin Luggage Size Guidlines?

Posted on June 22 2015

You may have seen in the news an announcement by IATA (The International Air Transport Association) a new initiative to standardise the size of Hand Luggage across the entire industry. 
 
As a result, customers are likely to be further confused by the IATA announcement, as it was widely reported on The BBC, SKY News and in National Newspapers. Therefore we hope this short post will provide clarity i.e. No Airline to our knowledge has changed their operational policy and reduce their Hand Luggage allowance in response to the announcement this week.
 
"A bag that was Cabin Size for a specific Airline last week, still is Cabin Size and is likely to remain Cabin Size going forward.” - All passengers should check with the Airline before flying to ensure their bag fits that specific Airlines Cabin Size allowance.
 

Working with airline members of IATA and aircraft manufacturers, an optimum size guideline for carry-on bags has been agreed that will make the best use of cabin storage space. A size of 55 x 35 x 20 cm (or 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches) means that theoretically everyone should have a chance to store their carry-on bags on board aircraft of 120 seats or larger.

In light of this announcement, we want to ensure that all of our customers understand the impact on them when buying hand luggage that we currently have available on our website and in store. 

  1. The good news is that to our knowledge there is NO CHANGE. We are not aware of any Airline that has reduced it's Hand Luggage Allowance in response to the guideline (they are not obligated to).  All existing Cabin Size bags are still Cabin Size – the announcement was a Guideline only by the Airline association and NOT a change by any Airline with respect to their Hand Luggage Allowance
  2.  Any participating Airline of the IATA Guideline will of course accept these smaller bags as Hand Luggage  - they are smaller than their respective Hand Luggage Allowance and therefore will fit as carry-on

"A bag that was Cabin Size for a specific Airline last week, still is Cabin Size and is likely to remain Cabin Size going forward."All passengers should check with the Airline before flying to ensure their bag fits that specific Airlines Cabin Size allowance.

We hope you have found this information useful, and we will keep you up to date with changes as and when we hear about them.

Lucy

 

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