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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Carry-on Luggage Plan Scrapped

Above, sleeping train passengers with luggage of all kinds and sizes in Chiba Prefecture. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It looks like the idea to come up with specific reduced sizes for carry-on luggage is dead. At least for now.

According to Japan Today:
TORONTO —A global airline association said Wednesday that it was scrapping its recommendation to reduce the size of carry-on bags for air travelers after an “intense” response in North America. 
The International Air Transportation Association, a Montreal-headquartered trade group whose members represent nearly 85 percent of total air traffic, said that it is canceling its proposal after “significant concerns” were raised in North America. 
“This is clearly an issue that is close to the heart of travelers. We need to get it right,” IATA senior vice-president Tom Windmuller said. 
The group recommended last week that airlines require carry-on bags to be 20 percent smaller than what major U.S. carriers currently permit saying that would allow for more space.
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