Most airlines allow one check-in bag plus one “personal item”, where personal item is defined as a laptop bag, briefcase, musical instrument case, purse or other smaller bag. Most airlines will also let you carry a jacket or other hand-held items. It is important to note that if you are carrying even a purse it may be counted as your personal item, so be prepared to stow it away into one of your other bags as you go through check-in.
You have many options when it comes to bags, but the numbers you need to know are the guidelines for carry-on luggage. These days, it can be hard to know what to expect at the security gate or check in, but the basic rule is that length + width + height of carry-on bags should add up to 45” or less.
Reference our frequently updated PDF of Carry-on & Check-in Guidelines Carry-On/Check-In Luggage Guidelines Updated 9/1/2014
Four Steps to Baggage Bliss
- Measure your bag as shown below.
- Check our chart for your airline’s baggage dimension requirements.
- Pack your back within the weight limit shown on the chart. A handheld luggage scale might be useful here.
- Avoid excess baggage fees!
While every effort has been made to ensure the information on the chart is accurate, you can also check with your airline before flying for detailed guidelines.
For more information on what you can or can not carry on, visit the Transportation Security Administrations’ official guidelines: TSA Carry-On Guidelines.
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