If you thought the packing for vacation struggle was real, then prepare for more potential travel stresses. According to Fast Company
, the International Air Transport Association intends to "shrink the size of carry-on baggage by 21%," which means millions of travelers might be forced to upgrade their travel accessories before embarking upon their next getaway. That's certainly easier to deal with than being booted off a plane because your baby is crying
or having your oxygen mask drop
for no apparent reason, but smaller dimensions for carry-on luggage could have some long-reaching effects if all major airlines get on board with the new voluntary guidelines. Aside from making it increasingly harder to decide which pair of shoes to stuff in your luggage, the website points out that this could potentially impact boarding times and increase the likelihood of travelers paying those pesky baggage fees.
While this only makes us daydream even harder about owning a private plane and traveling in luxurious peace, the IATA senior vice president for airport, passenger, cargo, and security Tom Windmuller released a statement that outlines the advantages of the guidelines. "The development of an agreed optimal cabin bag size will bring common sense and order to the problem of differing sizes for carry-on bags, " he said. "We know the current situation can be frustrating for passengers. This work will help to iron out inconsistencies and lead to an improved passenger experience."
Although guidelines aren't yet mandatory, multiple major luggage brands are already producing bags to fit the new dimensions. That certainly suggest that travelers should brace themselves for the lighter carry-on load, and the potential costs that come along with it.
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