Stingy Airlines Strike Again, Airlines Seek to Change Carry-On Baggage Policy

via Passport Magazine

via Passport Magazine

As if it isn’t bad enough that airlines are charging people for extra legroom and even bullying travelers into using their websites, it seems that travelers now have to add yet another concern to add to the list; their carry-on.

According to a recent Associated Press article, in an effort to free up more overhead bin space, “the International Air Transport Association has recommended an “optimal” carry-on size at 21.5 inches tall by 13.5 inches wide by 7.5 inches deep.” This is, admittedly, not devastatingly different from the current maximum-size utilized by many airlines (22 inches by 14 inches by 9 inches), yet the result of this small change may still hurt; those who don’t purchase smaller suitcases may be required to check their oversized carry-on to the tune of $25 per trip.

That extra $50 may not seem like much, but that annoyance of standing in the check-in line certainly is—as is the loss of comfort that comes from knowing that the pair of shoes you decided to bring at the last minute could fit somewhere beyond the overweight luggage you’re already paying for.

Our question is: if an airline wants to jam in more seats by eliminating legroom, shouldn’t they also be responsible for providing adequate storage for the extra rows of people?

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