Airlines' Carry-On Bait and Switch

Smaller bags overhead will mean more checked bag fees.

Fewer delays, more fees.

Photographer: David McNew/Getty Images

The days of watching a fellow airline passenger hold up a flight as he tries to stuff a suitcase into a packed overhead bin might soon be over. Last week, the International Air Transportation Association, an airline trade association representing 83 percent of global air traffic, announced a new guideline that reduces the "optimum" size of a carry-on bag by the volume equivalent, in Quartz’s estimation, of four soccer balls. If it works as planned, IATA promises that “everyone should have a chance to store their carry-on bags on board aircraft of 120 seats or larger.”

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