NY Sen. Charles Schumer is speaking out against new proposed airline rules on carry-on luggage. Here is the deal (reported in the Daily Star).
The current maximum carry-on size, depending on the airline, ranges from a length of 22 inches to 24 inches, a width of about 14 to 18 inches and a depth of 9 to 16 inches.
The trade association for the industry — the International Air Transport Association — wants to standardize the permitted carry-on size to 21.5 inches by 13.5 inches and a depth of 7.5 inches.
See the problem? 22 inches is the standard length of a roll-aboard luggage. Now the airlines want to limit the length to 21.5 inches.
"Luggage companies have made carry-on bags and now, all of a sudden, millions of them won't fit," the senator warned.
And that's why 1/2 inch will cost you $100 - at least.
P. S. A letter in the Star this morning has the solution: start enforcing existing rules against oversize carry-on bags. A litmus test: if a traveler has to pound and push the fat bag into the overhead bin, it fails the test. And that bag can be detected at the gate or at check-in. But then the airlines would be out the baggage fees and the luggage companies would not sell more bags. See? It is the free market at work.