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New effort to ease travel anxiety: assuring your bag fits in bin

Tue 9th June, 2015 7:20pm
By Alwyn Scott 
    MIAMI, June 9 (Reuters) - Air travelers are all too familiar 
with carry-on bag anxiety: the feeling sparked by last-minute 
and sometimes seemingly arbitrary decisions that a piece of 
luggage is too large to fit in the overhead bin. 
    On Monday, the world's aviation trade organization, which 
also focuses on weighty issues such as flight safety and airline 
profitability, announced a new minimum luggage size standard and 
an effort to get world airlines to sign on to the move. 
    The goal is to give airlines and passengers assurance that 
compliant bags can board the plane, no questions asked. 
    "It'll reduce fights between gate agents and passengers," 
Thomas Windmuller, a vice president of the International Air 
Transport Association (IATA), said at the group's annual meeting 
in Miami. 
    However, the new size is slightly smaller than many current 
standards. At 21.5 inches (55 cm) by 13.5 inches (35 cm) by 7.5 
inches (20 cm), including wheels, that is slightly smaller than 
the 22 inches by 14 inches by 9 inches that United Airlines 
 UAL.N , American Airlines  AAL.O  and Delta Air Lines  DAL.N  
currently allow.  
    IATA worked with plane makers Boeing  BA.N  and Airbus 
 AIR.PA  to find a size guaranteed to fit in bins of planes with 
120 seats or more, at least a 737 or A319. Travelers on smaller 
regional aircraft still take the risk of bags being barred from 
boarding. 
    IATA said it is talking with major luggage brands, including 
Tumi and Samsonite, on making bags at the new size, which it 
expects will be available this year.  
    Manufacturer Crown Luggage of China has already produced 
sample suitcases, which IATA handed out at its three-day event. 
    The new bags carry an IATA "Cabin OK" tag to tell gate 
agents and flight crews that the luggage is compliant. Each tag 
also has a unique tracking number that will allow owners to 
locate a lost bag via a website, okoban.com.  
    So far, IATA said airlines interested in signing on to the 
standard include Brazil's Azul, Germany's Lufthansa  LHAG.DE , 
Emirates airline  EMIRA.UL , Avianca  AVT_p.CN , Qatar Airways, 
Cathay Pacific Airways  0293.HK , China Eastern  600115.SS , 
China Southern  600029.SS  and Caribbean Airlines. 
    IATA expects others to join in coming months, around the 
same time bags become available in stores. 
    "I haven't come across an airline yet that said this is a 
terrible idea," said Windmuller. The program is voluntary, and 
airlines can refuse bags if they suddenly change a flight to a 
smaller aircraft.  
     
 
 (Reporting by Alwyn Scott; Editing by Bernard Orr) 
 ((alwyn.scott@thomsonreuters.com; 646-223-6132; Reuters 
Messaging: alwyn.scott.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net)) 
 
Keywords: AIRLINES IATA/BAGGAGE
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