As many of you have seen in the news, the IATA issued new guidelines this week calling for the maximum size of a carry-on bag to be 55 x 35 x 20 cm., which according to the IATA press release converts to 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches. This rounds down all of the dimensions; an actual conversion comes to 21.65 x 13.78 x 7.87 inches. According to the RS website, the Convertible Carry-On is 21 x 14 x 9 inches, making it somewhat wider and at least an inch deeper than the new guidelines.
We will be flying to Europe early this fall and we don't want our new bags to be deemed too large for carry-on for these flights and others we may take over the next couple of years. We would be interested to hear your thoughts on the likelihood that this would become an issue with this bag. Also, we would like to hear from those who own this particular bag--would you imagine it would be able to be cinched down or otherwise compressed to fit a somewhat smaller sizing box at the gate? Having never seen this bag in person, I don't know how flexible the exterior edges are, that is, whether it has any stiffening framework.
While we would prefer to buy the RS Convertible Carry-On because of its pedigree, if you know of another similar bag that would fully satisfy the new IATA carry on size guidelines, we would like to appreciate hearing about it. We would appreciate quick responses to this message, if possible, since the RS bags are on sale through tomorrow, 6/14.