Delta Decries Smaller Carry-On Bag Standard - Which Is Then Withdrawn

Story has been updated to include Delta share price and IATA's withdrawal of the sizing initiative.


NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Delta ( DAL) said Tuesday it was unhappy with an airline industry trade group's effort to implement a smaller standard size for carry-on bags, and now the trade group has halted the effort.

The Geneva-based International Air Transport Association, which represents 258 carriers in 117 countries, said last week that it has initiated a program called "Cabin OK" to reduce bag size from the standard used by most U.S. carriers.

On Wednesday, IATA announced it was "halting the rollout "and beginning a comprehensive reassessment in light of concerns expressed, primarily in North America."

Perhaps the most significant opponent of the program was Delta, which declared in a press release Tuesday that it "has no plans to reduce the size allowance for carry-on bags.

"We are concerned IATA called for a change without input from airlines," Delta said. "Our focus and investment in the carry-on experience have been on installation of larger bins on domestic and international aircraft, and will continue to be on delivering the reliable bag service -- checked or carry-on --- that Delta customers have come to expect."

American (AAL) and United (UAL) both said Tuesday they have no plans to change the sizing standard, which is currently 22 inches by 14 inches by 9 inches.

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