US Airlines Make Way for Bigger Baggage

Airlines and airplane manufacturers are realizing that overhead bins on most planes aren't big enough to accommodate today's typical carry-on bag. United Airlines, Delta, American Airlines and US Airways are embarking on a new wave of planes with greater cabin space for luggage.


The move will involve both retrofitting of existing planes to free up space, and the purchase of more roomy aircrafts in the future. Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner and 737s are being built with pivot containers that can better fit standard 9x14x22-inch rolling bags. New bins also have curved doors that can fit roll-aboard bags wheels first.


Check-in fees are traditionally a major source of revenue for airlines, notoriously catching passengers out with hefty fees. While such revenues doubled in the US from 2008 to 2009, they have since shown a decline attributed to customers learning ‘how to play the game’, and adapting their packing strategies.


The latest re-think marks an acceptance by airlines that customers will continue to avoid baggage fees by carrying on-board. Passenger and flight crew complaints that loading the cabin led to stress and delays have sparked the re-engineering scheme, which will accommodate smoother use of cabin facilities.


Hand luggage dimension specifications remain the same for the foreseeable future. Check your baggage compliance against Gate8’s dimensions chart today, and see what a Gate8 bag could do for you.


- GATE8 Press Team