There is currently no standard size for cabin baggage. Aviation organization IATA wanted to put an end to the ambiguity of different sizes that airlines now use, but just a week after the announcement of the plan, IATA is putting it back in the refrigerator.
Especially in North America there was opposition to the standard size. With a size of 55x35x20 cm, this would be considerably smaller than the suitcase sizes that are now permitted by most airlines. Two of the largest airlines in the world, American Airlines and Delta, saw nothing in the plan. The number three in the world, United, still hesitated.
The Dutch IATA proposal was predominantly positively received by Dutch airline companies. KLM, which also owns Transavia, was before. ArkeFly spoke of an interesting development, but did not yet have a position on it.
IATA now says that the plan has caused much confusion. "This is clearly something that is important to travelers." The organization has now parked the plan and wants to better involve airlines in its development in the future.
IATA emphasizes that the standard size is a guideline and that airlines are free to admit larger suitcases. "No customer is forced to buy a new suitcase," says an IATA driver in a statement.