Travel Bags News Update – The Cabin Okay Initiative
The Cabin OK Initiative continues to be a hot topic in the press. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is said to have issued a Press Release in June about the Cabin Okay Initiative.
IATA Pauses Roll out of Cabin OK To Reassess Initiative
According to the press report, Geneva – IATA launched the Cabin OK initiative on 9 June 2015 to assure passengers that they would be able to travel with their best carry on luggage in the aircraft cabin, even if the flight was full. Consumers would either choose to use a Cabin OK labelled bag with optimally sized dimensions of 55 x 35 x 20 cm or 21.5” x 13.5” x 7.5″ inches, which complies with the vast majority of airlines’ maximum size requirements for cabin baggage.
Alternatively, consumers were to be given priority. However, individual airlines had the final say. They would determine whether the consumers remained in the cabin on full flights when cabin storage capacity was exceeded.
While there has been great interest in the Cabin OK programme, also, there has been growing confusion. Many sectors may have welcomed the Cabin OK Initiative, but significant concerns were expressed in North America.
On the contrary, IATA feels it’s doing its best to improve customer service. “Our focus is to provide travellers with an option leading to a simplified and better experience.”
The Cabin OK is a voluntary programme for both airlines and consumers, also close to the hearts of travellers. This explains why IATA is making such an effort to get it right.
IATA paused the rollout programme in order to launch a comprehensive reassessment of the Cabin OK programme first. And ATA plans to continue engaging participants in the programme in future.
success is in continuing to use it as a guide for reassessment. That is, the Cabin OK is just a guideline for an optimally sized cabin bag. And it’s not an industry standard.
Cabin OK is not intended to define a maximum size for carry-on bags. This is something that each airline does individually. Aso, no consumer will be forced into buying a new bag as a result of this voluntary initiative.
What role does IATA play in the travel industry?
IATA is a trade association for the world’s airlines. It represents 260 airlines and supports many areas of aviation activity. IATA also helps with formulating the industry policy on critical aviation issues.
This proves IATA as a relevant and reliable source of news updates in the travel industry besides newspapers.
Source: IATA Press Release No.: 32, Date: 17 June 2015.
According to reports, global airlines passed new guidelines recommending smaller Carry-On bags. This move is an effort to free up space in the packed overhead bins. However, the guidelines have not yet been passed or approved. When they eventually get passed, it will affect many travellers who may be required to buy smaller suitcases or carry-ons.
Source: The Associated Press, June 9, 2015. 2015
I will keep checking for updates to see how this issue of Cabin OK initiative develops.
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