Airlines 'Suggest' You Cut Carry-On Sizes (Nearly) in Half
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Airlines 'Suggest' You Cut Carry-On Sizes (Nearly) in Half

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It’s no secret that the overhead bins during your flight are even more crammed than you are—especially if you find yourself stuck in the ill-fated middle seat. But just as we all perfect the art of cramming our entire lives into one bag, the airline industry is introducing a new “suggestion"—one that sends us back to the creative packing drawing board in the hopes of improving boarding time and ensuring all bags make it on the right flight.

The suggested guidelines announced on June 8th advise a carry-on measuring in at 21.5 inches in height, 13.5 inches wide, and 7.5 inches deep. As Quartz points out, that’s 40 percent smaller than the size allotment offered by American, Delta, and United Airlines. That’s easily an extra pair of shoes, or days worth of outfits if you’re an expert clothing roller.

There’s no word on when (or if) this will become an official change to the current guidelines. According to the International Air Transport Association, 30-40 airlines are interested in the change. If anything, this makes airlines offering free checked baggage all the more precious.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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