This U.S. Airline Is Shrinking The Size Of Bags They Allow On Flights

Bad news for travelers on Alaska Airlines – the carrier is shrinking the size of baggage it allows in its cabins.

Beginning on June 4, passengers will have to make sure their carry-ons are 22 x 14 x 9 inches or smaller. That’s a pretty sharp decrease from the airline’s current permitted measurements of 24 x 17 x 10 inches.

In response to criticism by customers, Alaska Airlines stated that the move is actually in their passengers’ best interests.

The carrier explained that since its current carry-on measurements are larger than those permitted by “most” other international and domestic airlines, the move will “make sure that your carry-on bag will be accepted aboard all the flights within your itinerary.”

Even so, it’s not exactly a welcome change. This latest announcement continues the industry trend towards shrinking cabin baggage allowances while simultaneously instituting new fees for previously standard “perks” like the use of overhead compartments and on-board snacks.