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Airlines cracking down on carry-ons & online bookings; plus that new paparazzi-proof LAX terminal




A general view of the outside of Delta One as Delta Air Lines Unveils $229-Million Dollar Enhancement Of LAX Terminal 5 at LAX Airport on June 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
A general view of the outside of Delta One as Delta Air Lines Unveils $229-Million Dollar Enhancement Of LAX Terminal 5 at LAX Airport on June 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Delta Air Lines

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This week, airlines around the world are weighing whether to adopt a new suggested guideline from the International Air Transport Association calling for a new, smaller standard for carry-on luggage.

Major American airlines typically allow bags up to 22 inches tall by 14 inches wide and 9 inches deep. The IATA suggests 21.5 inches by 13.5 by 7.5 would be more optimal for ensuring all passengers' bags find a spot. Several international airlines will adopt the rule soon including Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific.

No U.S. airlines have signed on yet, but Air Canada says it will not adopt the guidelines. That news from Canada's major airline comes after a different kind of clamp down: staff have been stationed at checkpoints at Toronto's Pearson International Airport measuring carry-on bags to ensure compliance.

If more airliners adopt new baggage rules, will you check your old, fat bags, or upgrade to new, skinny ones?  

Also this week, The New York Times reported on a trend by airlines to limit third-party travel sites that show their fares and steer fliers to airliner websites. For instance, last week Lufthansa announced starting in September it would charge passengers about $18 for booking tickets at another website.

Have you noticed fewer choices when browsing travel sites?

Last but least in this travel news round-up, yesterday saw the ribbon-cutting opening of Delta's Terminal Five refurbishment at LAX. The three-year Delta project cost $229-million dollars in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). The airline is branding its terminal as "a more premium airport experience, from check-in to take-off" - complete with a service that would help celebrities avoid paparazzi entirely with Porsche pick-ups from the tarmac.

What can less famous Angelenos look forward to at T5?

Guest:

Brian Sumers, Journalist based in LA covering airlines for Aviation Week



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