American Seeks New Carry-On Rules
DALLAS (AP) _ American Airlines on Wednesday asked the Federal Aviation Administration to issue rules on a two-bag carry-on baggage limit for U.S. airlines.
The request, made to FAA Administrator Jane Carvey, said that carry-on baggage policies need to be uniform for all carriers and taken out of the realm of competition.
The FAA had no immediate comment on the request, which American made in a joint letter with the Association of Professional Flight Attendants and the Allied Pilots Association.
Most carriers limit passengers to two carry-on bags, but with flyers carrying more roll-on luggage and laptops, overhead bins are filling up more quickly in the past, the airlines say.
That means the last passengers to board a flight often are stymied in their search for a bin, which in turn can slow take-off times for the airplanes.
In a test to combat the problem, United Airline passengers who pay the lowest fares and fly out of Des Moines will be restricted to only one carry-on bag, effective Dec. 1.
United said it eventually hopes to initiate the policy system-wide. The airline’s goal is to free up space for business travelers, who usually pay more for their tickets and sometimes complain that they can’t find room for their carry-on bags when flights are full.