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Airlines Clip Carry-On Limits

With rising fuel costs and increased security concerns, airlines have once again pared down the number and size of bags you can carry-on.

The weight and size of these bags is becoming more important, as well. No longer can you carry any 2 or 3 fold-aways, crammed with as many travel supplies as you can squeeze.

Airlines are regularly posting new carry-on limits at check-in desks, and most ticketing agents are actively screening carry-on baggage for dimensions and weight.

In addition, a recent plot in the U.K. identified a plot to explode multiple airplanes using sports beverages and common electronic devices. As a result, liquids have been banned from all carry-ons for the immediate future. This includes shampoos, beverages, hairspray, nail polish, and other common liquid or gel-based products.

When planning for your next trip, remember to keep these points in mind:

  • Airlines that fly great distances (e.g. China Air, British Airways, etc.) typically have tighter restrictions to save weight on long cross-oceanic flights.

  • No major airlines will allow you to bring more than 2 items as carry-on, and many are now allowing only one.

  • Airlines are constantly tinkering with the carry-on restrictions, so check with your carrier prior to take-off.

  • If a flight is too heavy for flight, the airlines can make further restrictions prior to takeoff.

  • Purchase luggage specifically designed for carry-on spaces. Some luggage retailers, including eBags and El Portal, specifically indicate items designed for carry-on use.

  • Overstuffed bags, or those bulging at the seams, will often not make the cut, and are likely to be checked-in by airline personnel.

Due to recent military actions and increased concerns about airline safety, airlines have changed their policies. Many now will allow a total of two items, including a bag and a personal item, such as a laptop, purse or pillow.

So how do the airlines compare? Here's a breakdown of what the airlines will let you get away with:

 

 

Airline
# of Items
Dimensions
Weight Limit (lbs.)
Alaska Airlines
2
22" x 14" x 9"

20

America West
2
45"
60
American
2
45"
40
British Airways
1
45"
13
Canadian Airlines
2
22" x 16" x 9"
22
China Airlines
1
22" x 14" x 9"
(45" TOD)
15
Continental
2
45" TOD
40
Delta
2
22" x 14" x 9"
(45 TOD)

40

Frontier
2
45" TOD
50
JAL
1
45" TOD
0
Korean Air
1
45" TOD
22
Lufthansa
1
45" TOD
18
Mexicana
1
20" x 15" x 9"
22
Northwest Airlines
1
45" TOD
40
Reno Air
1
45" TOD
40
Singapore Airlines
1
45" TOD
15
Southwest
2
50" TOD
70 (Best!)
TWA
2
50" TOD
40
US Airways
2
24" x 16" x 10"
40
United
2
22" x 14" x 9"
50
Virgin
1
22" x 14" x 9"
(45 TOD)
40 (Worst!)

 

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Flying to or from the United Kingdom?

Please be advised that all carry-ons have been banned as a result of the August, 2006 plot to blow up U.S.-bound airliners. Be sure to allow plenty of time to check all bags and endure extreme security.

For more travel information, please contact your airline directly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOD = Total Outside Dimensions

 
 
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