Freak Out and Carry-on

The IATA just gave up on their plan to reduce carry-on dimensions. Too bad other airlines haven’t…

Last week the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a new scheme to standardize and (more importantly) reduce carry-on dimensions to 55x 35 x 20 cm or 21.5″ x 13.5″ x 7.5″ inches for participating airlines.

The internet reacted:


And reacted:

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Caught its breath…

Deep Breath

And, yeah… reacted some more:


The good news:

If you have a Minaal Carry-on, you’ve got nothing to worry about.

Your bag’s dimensions: 55 x 35 x 20cm

Proposed new IATA dimensions: 55 x35 x 20 cm

Your Minaal fits perfectly.



Better yet:

Since the very start, we’ve been printing those dimensions on the left shoulder of your bag under the stabilizer straps, just in case you need to reality check a gate agent.

Minaal Carry-on Backpack Dimensions Left Shoulder

Hmm… Why are the dimensions in inches different than IATA’s?

We’re sorry to report that the IATA failed math in elementary school. They never quite got the concept of rounding numbers but if you want to see them blush at parties, go ahead and ask. Unfortunately this inaccurate rounding got jumped on by the media as if it were accurate, leading to some confusion. Don’t worry, the deal is: 55 x 35 x 20 cm.

Hey, that’s a nifty trick. How did you know to print the exact IATA dimensions on my bag ahead of the announcement?

Honestly, we asked you…

You told us you wanted a bag that’s sleek enough for the office, but carries easy on the road; something that can hold everything you need AND still be carried onto just about every major airline not only at home, but around the world.

We took a look around and found that major international airlines like…

RyanAir – 55 x 40 x 20 cm

Emirates – 55 x 38 x 20 cm

Air China –  55 x 40 x 20 cm

Korean Air – 55 x 40 x 20 cm

And more including the IATA….

…already impose strict size limits for carry-on luggage, especially on the depth measurement, so that bags can fit under seats as needed.

Getting charged an additional (for example) 55EUR to check a bag that’s just a smidgen too big completely sucks the glory out of hunting up a great flight. Chances are, you wouldn’t even have booked that last minute ticket to Lanzarote if you knew you’d wind up fidgeting in line trying to avoid eye contact with the gate agent as you approach the dreaded baggage sizer….

Whoa… take a deep breath. We don’t even like to imagine you that stressed out.

That’s why we built your Minaal Carry-on to just fit.

Whether it’s stingy airlines or the IATA’s new guidelines (on pause for the moment due to the above-noted freakout), your Minaal was built to help you travel faster, happier and more productive.

Over to you:

What do you think about the newly proposed IATA dimensions? Is a standard carry-on size a good thing or the end of all things good? Drop your thoughts in the comments below.

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