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AIRLINES PLAN LIMITS ON CARRY-ON LOADS.

Byline: Edwin McDowell The New York Times

After years of complaints, the airlines are moving to clear out their increasingly crowded baggage rooms in the sky, by limiting the amount of bags and baggage passengers can bring on board with them. But they are likely to face a new round of complaints from infrequent leisure travelers, since most business travelers apparently will be exempt from the baggage restrictions.

Northwest Airlines is already limiting many passengers to one carry-on bag on its routes, and the United Airlines unit of UAL Corp. will try out similar restrictions on some routes Monday.

Meanwhile, the rest of the industry is keeping close watch. So are airlines from Singapore to Switzerland: Carriers that fly international routes are doubly bedeviled by carry-on woes, because of the duty-free purchases that are jammed into overhead bins.

``My guess is that if Northwest's policy doesn't create too much opposition, all the carriers will go that route,'' said Lynn Hayes, chairman of the Association of Retail Travel Agents, whose observation is seconded by many other travel-industry and airline officials.

The jammed overhead bins in airplane cabins have long been an irritant to full-fare business travelers - the airlines' most valued customers.Adding to the overcrowding are the increasing number of seats put into coach class by most airlines, often so that they can expand their first-class and business-class cabins.

Planes are often nearly full and business fares are at record levels. So now airlines are betting they can risk angering some of their lower-paying customers by tightening their carry-on regulations.

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Title Annotation:BUSINESS
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 28, 1997
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