Global air­line as­so­ci­a­tion scraps rec­om­men­da­tion for smaller carry-on lug­gage

Asian Journal - - Nation - By Rob Gillies, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Toronto: A global air­line as­so­ci­a­tion has scrapped its rec­om­men­da­tion to re­duce the size of carry-on bags for air trav­ellers af­ter an “in­tense’’ re­sponse in North Amer­ica. The In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­porta­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, a Mon­treal-head­quar­tered trade group whose mem­bers rep­re­sent nearly 85 per cent of to­tal air traf­fic, said Wed­nes­day that it is can­celling its ini­tia­tive af­ter “sig­nifi- cant con­cerns’’ were raised in North Amer­ica. The group rec­om­mended last week that air­lines re­quire carry-on bags to be 20 per cent smaller than what ma­jor U.S. car­ri­ers cur­rently al­low. Two U.S. sen­a­tors crit­i­cized the idea, say­ing it would re­quire pas­sen­gers to pay more and buy new lug­gage. A top U.S. air­line group also for­mally came out against the pro­posal on Wed­nes­day.

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