Cohen Fights Carry-On Bag Reduction

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An IATA photo shows the size of a bag that fits the new proposed size guidelines. - IATA
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  • An IATA photo shows the size of a bag that fits the new proposed size guidelines.
The airlines want to shrink the size of your carry-on bag but Rep. Steve Cohen is fighting back.

Last week the International Air Transport Association [IATA] proposed reducing the size of passengers’ carry-on luggage by 21 percent. So far, eight airlines have adopted the new guidelines.

Monday night Cohen introduced the Carry-On Freedom Act to block the proposal. The law would block any airline that charges passengers for checked baggage to reduce the size of carry-ons. Cohen said airlines are squeezing passengers “physically and fiscally” and that the new proposal was a “step too far.”

“It is a transparent attempt to squeeze even more money out of passengers by forcing them to pay baggage fees to check luggage they purchased specifically to avoid those fees,” Cohen said in a statement. “The new proposed carry-on size limits should not be allowed to go into effect, especially at a time when the airlines are already making huge profits.”

IATA said the new bag size proposal - called the Cabin OK initiative - would make things easier on passengers and that the move “aims to provide passengers with a greater assurance that their carry-on bags will travel with them in the aircraft cabin, even when the flight is full.”





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