22 JUNE 2015


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Article from BTNews 22 JUNE 2015

Cabin baggage rethink

IATA plans to set size guidelines for carry-on luggage seems to have backfired.  The airline trade association said it had the support of airlines and also manufacturers.  (See BTN 15 June)

Delta for one issued a statement saying that this was not the case. 

"Delta has no plans to reduce the size allowance for carry-on bags," the carrier said in a statement, noting concern over the IATA initiative. "Our focus and investment in the carry-on experience have been on installation of larger bins on domestic and international aircraft."

IATA said in a statement on Wednesday that it would reassess its "Cabin OK" plan in light of "significant concerns raised in the media and by key stakeholders," echoing the views of  BTN  in last week’s issue.

While carriers such as Lufthansa and Emirates had expressed interest in the guidelines, the group said it would work further with its member airlines and other interested parties.

"It's a big win for consumers that the airlines realise that they'd overstepped their bounds," said Charlie Leocha, Chairman of US consumer advocacy group Travelers United.  www.iata.org

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Barry Graham, Washington, DC

More rules made (and thankfully broken) by people that never actually fly.