Since most airlines began charging passenger for their luggage, many of us have become experts in packing every thing we need in our carry-on bags.
I’ve seen people with obviously over-packed carry on luggage trying to push them in to the overhead compartments, only to discover that no matter how hard they push, the bag won’t fit in it.
Perhaps this last resource to avoid paying for the luggage fees will soon come to an end.
There is a bill in congress that will put limitation on the type and size of carry on luggage. It is called the ‘Securing Cabin Baggage Act’ (H.R 2870) and it was introduced early this year by Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D) of Illinois
Among other things, this bill stipulates that ” each passenger may bring only one carry-on bag and one personal item.
The dimensions of each, when loaded, shall not exceed 56 centimeters in length by 45 centimeters in height by 25 centimeters in width (rounded to 22 inches by 18 inches (17.75) by 10 inches (9.85)).
The only exception to the rule will be a child safety seat for a child passenger; assistive devices for disabled passengers, including wheelchairs, canes, and crutches; and musical instruments.
As you can imagine, the airlines are very happy with this bill. If it passes, the bill will give them the tool to prohibit passenger from carrying any luggage that doesn’t fall within the size or shape permitted, thus forcing them to check them in and paying the fee.
I would like to ask Rep. Lipnski how this bill will improve our security. Perhaps I will send him an email and ask him this question. You should too, and you can contact him here