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Airline Luggage Restrictions

Carry-on Items
The FAA has limited passengers flying within the United States to one piece of carry-on luggage and one personal item. Personal items may include: handbags, briefcases, laptops, daypacks and small backpacks. In addition to one carry-on and one personal item, passengers may bring on board a coat, reading material, small bag of food and devices such as wheelchairs and walkers.

You should check with your airline first, but most domestic airlines permit a carry-on piece of luggage that is 45 linear (total) inches. A common sized bag for carry-on luggage is 22"x 14"x 9". Most airlines have a carry-on weight limit of 40 pounds.

International airlines may have different restrictions for carry-on luggage. Again, it is always best to check with your airline first to get their exact requirements.

Airlines enforce all size and weight limits much more strictly now than in the past. Bags are weighed at check-in and many airlines have placed bag sizers at their gates. If your carry-on bags are too big, you will have to check them. This might cause them to be classified as "extra bags" which usually carries an extra charge.

The chart below contains examples of both domestic and international airlines with their carry-on size and weight restrictions and is intended only as a reference point.

Airline   Inches   Centimeters   Weight
Aer Lingus (EI)   9x14x18   23x43x46   22 lbs.
Aeromexico (AM)   9x14x22   23x35.5x56   22 lbs.
Air Canada (AC)   9x16x22   23x40x55   22 lbs.
Air France (AF)   45*   115*   22 lbs.
Air New Zealand (NZ)   45*   115*   15 lbs.
Alaska Airlines (AS)   10x17x24   25x43x61   20 lbs.
Alitalia (AZ)   45*   115*   11 lbs.
All Nippon Airways (NH)   45*   115*   70 lbs.
American Airlines (AA)   45*   115*   40 lbs.
America West (HP)   45*   115*   40 lbs.
Cathay Pacific (CX)   9x14x22   23x36x56   15 lbs.**
Continental Airlines (CO)   45*   115*   40 lbs.
Delta Air Lines (DL)   9x14x22   23x35.5x56   40 lbs.
El Al (LY)   8x16x21   25x45x56   17 lbs.
Japan Airlines (JL)   45*   115*   40 lbs.
KLM (KL)   45*   115*   40 lbs.
Korean Air (KE)   45*   115*   40 lbs.
Lufthansa (LH)   8x16x22   20x40x55   18 lbs.
Midwest Express (YX)   +   +   +
Philippine Airlines (PR)   45*   115*   15 lbs.
Qantas Airways (QF)   45*   115*   15 lbs.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (SV)   45   115   44 lbs.
Scandinavian Airlines (SK)   9x16x22   23x40x55   18 lbs.
Singapore Airlines (SQ)   45*   115*   15 lbs.
Southwest Airlines (WN)   10x16x24   25x40x61   +
Sun Country Airlines   45"   114   45 lbs.
Thai Airways (TG)   45*   115*   15 lbs.
United Airlines (UA)   9x14x22   23x35.5x56   50 lbs.
US Airways (US)   10x14x22   23x36x56   40 lbs.

Checked Luggage
Most airlines will allow you to check one bag and have one carry-on bag. There is normally a maximum weight limit of 50 pounds per checked bag as well as a size restriction. The most common maximum size bag allowed is 62 linear (total) inches. A common size bag for checking through is: 27 x 21 x 14.

Airline carriers will allow overweight, oversize or additional baggage for additional fees. These fees can be quite expensive, and the airlines have recently been very stringent in enforcing these policies. Make sure you know the exact details of your airlines checked baggage restrictions and avoid unnecessary fees.

Checked luggage may be opened for inspection at the airport and, if your luggage is locked, the lock may be broken for the inspection. Try a TSA approved lock to avoid any potential damage to your luggage or locks.

A visit to Luggage Pros website will play an important role in helping you meet all of your luggage and travel accessories needs. Do not put film in luggage to be checked. The new screening machines may damage your film permanently.

Always place items like cameras and prescription medicine in your carry-on bag. Be certain to have your personal information clearly written on luggage tags on both the outside and inside of all your bags and luggage. If traveling overseas, make a copy of your passport. Keep a copy of your itinerary with you, showing flight numbers and hotel names and phone numbers.

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