U.S. Airlines Reject Smaller Carry-On Initiative

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, said today that no U.S. airlines are supporting the smaller carry-on bag initiative recently put forth by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

“A4A and its members reject the recent carry-on size initiative put forth by IATA because it is unnecessary and flies in the face of the actions the U.S. carriers are taking to invest in the customer experience — roughly $1.2 billion a month — including larger overhead bins,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “Our members already have guidelines in place on what size bags they can accommodate, making this action unnecessary. We agree with IATA’s action to reassess this initiative and take into account stakeholders’ views and recognize work already underway to improve baggage facilitation.”

It is important to note that IATA’s Cabin OK initiative is not a requirement for the industry. The initiative is 100 percent voluntary and is an agreement between IATA and carriers who choose to participate.


Annually, commercial aviation helps drive nearly $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 11 million U.S. jobs. Airlines for America (A4A) vigorously advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.

America needs a cohesive National Airline Policy that will support the integral role the nation’s airlines play in connecting people and goods globally, spur the nation’s economic growth and create more high-paying jobs. A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor groups, Congress and the Administration to improve air travel for everyone.

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