As the popular summer travel season approaches, Air Canada (CSE:AC) has decided to be more stringent with the size of hand luggage passengers bring on board to ensure these comply with standards.
As of next Monday at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, staff at tall check-in and security areas will be present with tape measure on-hand to ensure that hand baggage does not exceed size and weight limits.
The idea is to allow passengers to complete their security checks faster, by placing size compliant luggage with a red label and "help avoid flight delays caused by overweight baggage boarding" says the carrier.
But, kindness and consideration are not the only factors motivating Air Canada
Indeed, Air Canada said that hand luggage exceeding limits will have to be registered and that "the usual costs will apply."
The carrier was thoughtful enough to say that any passengers reaching the security checkpoint, noting that their luggage exceeds size or weight limits, they will receive a special card that allows them to quickly return to check-in and then return to the gate.
Current Transport Canada regulations allow passengers to carry two unchecked luggage items on board.
Air Canada’s passengers should be reminded that the key dimensions for personal items allowed in the cabin, whether a backpack, briefcase or laptop, must not exceed 16 x 33 x 43 centimeters in addition to a suitcase or bag, measuring up to 23 X 40 X 55 centimeters, including wheels and handle.
Travelers with babies can carry an additional article.
The carrier began to charge a fee of C$25 for checking baggage on economy domestic flights and on flights to or from Mexico and the Caribbean. Air Canada has charged fees for a first checked bag since 2011 for its transborder Canada-United States services.
Air Canada said the red label program would gradually implemented at other airports in the country by the end of June.
Most passengers will likely find the new rules an additional inconvenience, but investors seem to be pleased, as Air Canada’s shares are trading 1.37% higher in Toronto this afternoon.