Airline group backpedals on smaller carry-on standard

Airline group backpedals on smaller carry-on standard

By:  Gregory Karp
Chicago Tribune

You probably won't need to buy a smaller carry-on suitcase after all.

The international airline association that proposed smaller maximum dimensions for carry-ons and set off a furor backpedaled on Wednesday, saying it would pause the rollout of its new initiative to advocate smaller bags and begin a "comprehensive reassessment in light of concerns expressed, primarily in North America."

"After standing up for consumers and saying 'no' to the airline industry, I am pleased that the IATA has done the right thing and parked its proposal in the hangar," said Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., the ranking member of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development. "Fliers who own previously approved carry-on bags should not have had to cough up another baseless fee to the airline industry."

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