The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched automated carrier baggage rules (ACBR) as part of its simplified business programme.
The ACBR will include a central database for interline baggage rules that will provide airlines, travel agents, and passengers with rules and fees before the ticket is purchased.
It will help airlines with easier, faster and more accurate handling of baggage charges at check-in, and reduce costly and time-consuming disputes between carriers over baggage charges, according to the IATA.
In partnership with the airline tariff publishing company (ATPCO), the IATA will launch the central database by next year.
The IATA will mobilise airlines to submit their baggage rules to ATPCO by September 2010 so the database can be implemented in early 2011.