MEPs voted on Wednesday in favor of harmonizing the rules on the size of hand luggage accepted in the cabin, after the petition of a German citizen unhappy to see these rules vary from one airline to another. This resolution was adopted by a show of hands and will be non-binding.
Airlines have different policies for sizing carry-on baggage, including bags or carriers for small pets allowed in the cabin, which is confusing. This can also pose a problem or generate costs when a passenger has to change companies, during a stopover for example or for an unforeseen reason.
For these reasons, MEPs advocate harmonization of rules relating to the size, weight and type of hand luggage and checked baggage for airlines operating in the European Union. MEPs also demand that the Commission implements a ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union, according to which hand luggage should not be subject to a surcharge. Other hidden costs, such as seat allocation fees, also need to be tackled, they say.