2-Dec-2009 10:50 AM

Japanese airlines implement uniform domestic limits on carry-on baggage

Japan’s airlines commenced the enforcement of size restrictions on domestic carry-on luggage in an effort to minimize delays and costs associated with stowing over-sized carry-on items (Japan Times, 01-Dec-2009). Scheduled Airlines Association of Japan reported there were 4,800 cases in which flights were delayed due to carry-on baggage problems in FY2008. Details include:

  • Aircraft with 100 seats or more: Overall dimension for carry-on baggage must not exceed 55 cm by 40 cm by 25 c;
  • Aircraft with 100 or fewer seats: Dimensions must measure no more than 45 cm by 35 cm by 20 cm.

Scheduled Airlines Association of Japan: "Unifying the size will hopefully reduce flight delays and clarify the size limits for customers. Previously, carry-on luggage limits varied by carrier. There were cases in which passengers (using different airlines for a round trip) could carry on items on the outbound trip but could not do so when returning home," Toshiya Shimada, spokesman. Source: Japan Times, 01-Dec-2009.