Airlines Cracking Down on Oversized Carry-Ons

Are you planning on flying to your vacation this summer? If so, are you planning on checking a bag or carrying it with you? A recent article from Reuters points out that as the summer flying season begins to heat up, airlines are starting to crack down on oversized carry-ons.  Though all airlines say they police size restrictions more during busy flying seasons, United Airlines has been the most vocal about ensuring that carry-ons are not oversized.  According to the article:

Earlier this year, the airline [United] let travelers know it was going to enforce size limits, disqualifying any bag that exceeded the following measurements: 22 inches in height, 14 inches in width, and 9 inches in depth.

“Customers with the right size bags were telling us that often times there was no more room on the aircraft for their carry-on bags,” United spokesman Charles Hobart said. “This is a response to customer feedback.”

Consumers should be aware that airlines are more likely to crackdown on oversized bags this summer. In order to ensure that they do not get forced to check their bags, consumers should try to make sure that their carry on luggage is within the acceptable size regulations. Doing so will help to ensure that are not charged extra airline fees this summer.

Listed below are the size guidelines for major US based airlines (from Reuters):

American: 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches

Delta: 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches

United: 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches

Southwest: 24 inches x 16 inches x 10 inches

JetBlue: 24 inches x 16 inches x 10 inches

 

Read More- “Why some bags are not going to fly this summer” (Mitch Lipka, Reuters)

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A rising senior at Colgate University, John is currently working as a research fellow with Consumers' Research.

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