18:21 12 June 2015
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has suggested a global standard for the size of hand luggage to avoid confusion and speed up travel. It recommends 55 x 35 x 20 cm (21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches), meaning "that theoretically everyone should have a chance to store their carry-on bags on board aircraft of 120 seats or larger".
Tom Windmuller, IATA's senior vice-president for airport, passenger, cargo and security, said: The change will "help to iron out inconsistencies and lead to an improved passenger experience.”
IATA has developed an "IATA Cabin OK" logo sticker to signify to airline staff that a bag meets its new size guidelines, smaller than the FAA's. It says a "number of major international airlines have signalled their interest" in joining the scheme.
"Several major baggage manufacturers have developed products in line with the optimum size guidelines, and it is expected bags carrying the identifying label will start to reach retail shops later this year," IATA says.