For all air travelers, there is a new proposed guideline for airplanes and it will require purchasing new carry-on bags.
According to the Chicago Tribute, international airlines made a statement specifying new protocols that would decrease the size of carry-on bags accepted on aircrafts. This recent announcement is an effort to provide available space and alleviate crammed conditions in overhead bins. The proposal will allow travelers to bring only necessities in suitcases.
The new regulation means plenty of bags currently accepted in overhead bins would require to be checked. There are two possible options for travelers. When traveling with a carry-on bag, filers would either need to purchase a smaller carry-on or pay a checked baggage fee. For most airlines, the baggage fees are typically $50 round-trip.
According to spokesman Jaime Garcia Dias of the International Air Transport Association, bags could be no greater than 21.5 inches tall by 13.5 inches wide by 7.5 inches deep. In comparison to current carry-on bag dimensions, the new size proposal is smaller than the current size allowed by U.S. airlines. Presently, the maximum capacity for a carry-on bag is 22 inches by 14 inches by 9 inches.
There is no word on the possible effective date on the new carry-on bag proposal for airplanes.