Brussels has postponed until May next year the introduction of binding limits on the size of hand luggage on planes. The European Commission said the aviation industry had asked for more time to inform passengers of the new rules.
Airlines want to avoid problems with over-large hand luggage which could cause delays. Currently only a recommendation, when it becomes binding, the constraint will limit the size of bags brought on board planes to 56 cm by 45 cm by 25 cm. Musical instruments and cameras are an exception.
The size standard is set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and already implemented by many airlines. The US and the UK are also applying rules on liquids, gels, and aerosols.
The limited amounts allowed to be carried on board have to be shown at security checks.
This safety precaution was brought in after police announced in Britain last August that they had foiled an alleged terrorist plot to detonate liquid explosives carried onto airliners flying to the US.