New Standard Luggage Size for Carry-on in International Flights

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced the latest standard luggage size for carry-on allowed for passengers to bring . The said standard size is enough to fit inside overhead bins of Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s.

The new size dimension for carry-on luggage is 21.5” x 13.5” x 7.5” (48cm x 34cm x 23cm), 20% smaller than the conventional roller bags available in the market and commonly used by business travelers.

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New Carry On Luggage Dimensions (Photo courtesy

If the new standard luggage size for carry-on is approved, the roller bag would no longer be allowed on board passenger planes.

According to AITA Senoir Vice President Thomas Windmuller, “There has to be a size that if the passenger buys it, they know they can take it on board with them.” Airline chief executives have shown interest in the new guideline and travelling luggage makers could possibly comply soon.

Emirates, Lufthansa, Cathay pacific, Qatar and several other major international airline carriers have accepted the new policy save for North American airlines. Quantas and Virgin could join the bandwagon in the near future. However, this does not prevent other airlines from allowing passengers to bring their larger carry-on luggage on board for the meantime, as long as their policy permits.

Windlumuller adds, “It should speed the boarding process… this is a win, win, win for everybody.

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Some passengers are disappointed with IATA’s latest update on standard luggage size for carry-on.

For one, this will add burden to travelling middle class families because they will have to purchase new smaller roller bags or they will have their ‘over-sized’ carry-on luggage checked in. “Many travelers have had their go-to bags for years. So, to force them to buy new carry-on luggage or instead to pay extra and have to wait to pick up their checked luggage is wrong,” said New York Senator Chuck Schumer who spoke in a press conference last Sunday.

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