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Has AF recently changed the max dimensions of hand luggage?? (Compare w Transavia)

Has AF recently changed the max dimensions of hand luggage?? (Compare w Transavia)

Old Oct 9, 19, 5:00 am
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Has AF recently changed the max dimensions of hand luggage?? (Compare w Transavia)

I just got a new suitcase (the Samsonite Armage 21 inch spinner, if anybody cares), that I thought would work for AF (i replaced an aging suitcase that had never been challenged, and the new one is 2 inch taller at 22 inches with wheels, and 1 inch narrower at now 15 inches)

Anyway, on my passage at ORY the other day, I decided to go around a few airlines baggage sizers, to take real-life note of where the suitcase worked or didn't (it's definitely on the max size of what's usually allowed)

I discovered something non-sensical: AF's max width is 35 cm -- and my suitcase is 40, definitely doesn't fit in the sizer -- . But 20 feet over, the Transavia sizers were perfect fits: Their max width is 40 cm. This sounds totally weird?!?
The Air France sizers look brand new, and they have a different design than the 'tube' things we usually see. They are solid on all side, so they are absolutely not forgiving at all.

It seems so strange that Air France would have less generous dimensions for hand luggage than its low-cost sister company, that it occurred maybe there had been a recent change? And this would explain why I've been travelling for the past 7 years to the tune of 30x times a year on AF long hauls with a 16 inch-wide suitcase and nobody ever challenged it.

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Old Oct 10, 19, 1:23 am
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Strangely IATA has never succeeded in harmonizing the definition of a "carry-on baggage". Depending on the airline, the maximum allowance could be: 55*35*25 (e.g. Air France), 55*40*25 (e.g. Transavia), 55*40*23 (e.g. Lufthansa), 56*45*25 (e.g. Easyjet), 55*40*20 (e.g. Ryanair)...

Thus it is important when buying a suitcase not to rely on any "certification" that it fits "cabin bags allowances", but to closely check it fits with the particular allowances of the airline you mainly fly with.

Regarding the difference b/w Air France and Transavia, it is indeed weird that the latter is more generous. But as for you, I have never seen AF checking bag size. There are checks but focused on weight (total bag+small items) rather than size. Of course if you travel with a very large suitcase, you will be nonetheless more prone to catch the attention of gate agents to gatecheck your bag!
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Old Oct 10, 19, 1:47 am
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There has been no change, AF&KL has been 55*35*25 for years now, that being said I usually use a 55*40*23 and never had an issue and I've seen plenty of PAX with even bigger ones getting away.
As for Transavia being more generous this is not really true, AF allows you an additional accessory as well as 12KG vs. only one bag and 10KG with Transavia, and I suspect that Transavia probably enforce it a lot more than AF/KL.
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