The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has recently proposed Cabin OK, a new initiative that standardizes carry-on baggage sizes to give them priority in overhead cabins.
All airlines have slightly different carry-on baggage restrictions; some allow bigger bags than others. These new IATA standardized sizes are quite a bit smaller, which is why IATA is proposing they get first dibs on overhead cabins. Now, the important thing to know is that these standardized sizes aren’t mandatory; you can still use your current carry-on bag. Here are some very helpful FAQs about the Cabin OK initiative.
Needless to say, IATA’s Cabin OK initiative has caused quite a bit of uproar in the travel community; travellers aren’t too pleased with reducing the already small carry-on baggage sizes. The CBC does a good job of providing context around the situation.
If you’re so inclined to hear it from the horse’s mouth, you can read about the Cabin OK initiative on IATA’s website.
As always, make sure you travel responsibly and get travel medical insurance before you jet off. It lets you travel worry-free, and doesn’t take up any space in your carry-on baggage!