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Luggage? Check Or Carryon?

Luggage Tips

TravelTo check or to carry on that’s the question. And each option has its advantages. Those who carryon may get out of the airport sooner. But those who check don’t have to lug their luggage around before the flight.

Over the last few years airlines have been cracking down on their carryon regulations. While travelers blame the airlines, the airlines are governed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It’s the FAA that determines the weight and size allowances for carryon luggage.

To ensure cabin safety, all carryon bags must fit into overhead compartments, under passengers’ seats or in approved storage areas. Here are some general guidelines. Always check with your airline for specific regulations.

  1. Size – The maximum size for most carryon luggage is 45 linear inches, 51 including handles and wheels (this is the total of a bags height, width and depth). Larger bags will likely have to be checked.
  2. Number – Most airlines allow only two carryon bags per passenger. Generally, women’s handbags and/or totes are not considered luggage. Business cases, however, may be included in the carryon number. Check with your airline.
  3. Weight – These allowances vary by airline. Be sure to plan ahead, if your luggage is overweight you may be charged excess baggage fees
  4. Other Items – Oversized packages are not allowed onboard. Generally, child-restraint devices are not considered carryon luggage if they are used during the flight.

* Source: FAA, US Dept. of Transportation

About Annette Richmond, MA

Annette Richmond, MA, CARW, CCELW, is a Certified Resume Writer, Certified LinkedIn Profile Writer, and former recruiter. Her career advice has been featured by Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Business Insider, Monster, Vault, and WSJ. She helps motivated, senior level professionals tell their unique career story. She also serves as executive editor of career-intelligence.com.


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