Five Bags That Meet the IATA’s New Carry On ‘Suggestions’
Last week, the International Air Transport Association ruined every maximalist packer’s day by recommending new, smaller carry-on sizes—the idea being to maximize overhead space, so that every passenger has room to store a bag.
If the trade association’s proposals are adopted by airlines, travelers will have to keep their non-checked bags to 21.5 in. x 13.5 in. x 7.5 inches. By comparison, that’s 2.5 inches less than the restrictions that American, Delta, and United airlines imposed last year (which, by the way, seemed tiny at the time). Though that doesn’t sound like much, it is sternly limiting when shopping for a suitcase. So, until your favorite luggage company makes an IATA-approved rollaboard, here are five bags to shop now.
Best on Four Wheels
Biaggi Contempo 18-inch Foldable Spinner Cabin Bag, $180.
Best for Urban Adventurers
Eagle Creek No Matter What Flatbed, $220.
Best for Business
Victorinox Victoria Brilliance, $279.
Best for Easy Storage
Lipault Paris Foldable 2-Wheeled Carry-On, $169.
Tumi Alpha 2 Hanscom Duffel, $475.
Tumi is the first to jump on the new size wagon: the brand recently announced that a 4-wheeled suitcase with the exact dimensions recommended by the IATA will be available towards the end of 2015.