The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) initiative to reduce the regulation size of carry-on bags has been halted due to severe backlash from the aviation community. The controversial global guidelines — “Cabin OK” — were announced June 9 and proposed shrinking standard bag dimensions by about 20 percent.
“Our focus is on providing travelers with an option that would lead to a simplified and better experience,” said Tom Windmuller, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security. “While many welcomed the Cabin OK initiative, significant concerns were expressed in North America. Cabin OK is a voluntary program for airlines and for consumers.”
In a press release issued Wednesday, IATA insisted the restrictions were a suggestion, not a standard. The association says it will consult with stakeholders before establishing any official policy changes.