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Carry-On & Check-In Guidelines

Wondering what bag to bring?

Updated: 04/01/2014
Size and weight guidelines for
carry-on and check-in bags

Airline Allowances

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.

Four Steps to Baggage Bliss

  1. Measure your bag as shown as shown below.

  2. Check our chart for your airline's baggage
    dimension requirements.
  3. Pack your bag within the weight limit shown on the chart.
    A handheld luggage scale might be useful here.
  4. 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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