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Airline Carry-On Luggage Regulations

To keep the passenger compartment safe and uncluttered, the airlines have put rules and size limits into place on the luggage that each traveler can carry on the plane. For bags carried on-board, the primary rule is the size limit. All bags carried on-board must be small enough to be stored below your seat or in the overhead compartments. Bags carried on-board that do not fit in the overhead bin or below your seat will cause delays for all passengers and potentially for the flight.

At this present time, the rule for carry-on baggage is it must not be taller than 22 inches, must not be wider than 14 inches, and must not be deeper than 9 inches. Additionally, there are many cases where a weight restriction has been added by airline regulations as well. Below we have gathered the details of restrictions by heavily traveled airlines.

What is a general classification of a personal item?

  • • Briefcase / Backpack
  • • Handbag / Purse
  • • Laptop (in carry bag)

General items you can carry-on that are not counted as a personal item or carry-on bag:

  • • A jacket or umbrella
  • • Food or drink purchased after clearing the security checkpoint
  • • Duty free merchandise
  • • Special items like strollers, child restraint seats, or assistive devices such as wheelchairs or crutches

Carry-On Luggage Regulation Guide

  Carry-Ons Checked Luggage
Airline No. of bags allowed Max Dimensions
(L+W+H)
Max Weight Max Dimensions
(L+W+H)
Max Weight
Air France 1 Per Passenger 45" 26.4 lbs. Depends on
flying class/destination
50 lbs.
Air France
Carry-on info You may also carry a purse, computer, briefcase, or small tote
AirTran Airways 1 Per Passenger 55" - 61" 50 lbs
AirTran
Carry-on info You may also carry a purse, computer, briefcase, or small tote
Alaska Airlines 1 Per Passenger 51" - - -
Alaska Air/Horizon
Carry-on info You may also carry a purse, computer, briefcase, or small tote
American Airlines 1 Per Passenger 45" 40 lbs 62" 50 lbs
American Airlines
Carry-on info You may also carry a purse, computer, briefcase, or small tote
America West 1 Per Passenger 51" - - -
America West
Carry-on info You may also carry a purse, computer, briefcase, or small tote
British Airways 1 Per Passenger 48" 26 lbs 130" 50 lbs
British Airways
Carry-on info You may also carry a purse, computer, briefcase, or small tote
Continental Airlines 1 Per Passenger 51" 40 lbs 62" 50 lbs
Continental Airlines
Carry-on info You may also carry a purse, computer, briefcase, or small tote
Delta Airlines 1 Per Passenger 45" 40 lbs 62"
50 lbs
Delta Airlines
Carry-on info You may also carry a purse, computer, briefcase, or small tote
jetBlue 1 Per Passenger Airbus A320
56"
for EMBRAER 190
50"
- 62" 50 lbs
jetBlue
Carry-on info Each customer may bring onboard one personal item (purse, briefcase, laptop, etc.) plus one carry-on bag.
Northwest Airlines 1 Per Passenger 45" 40 lbs - -
Northwest Airlines
Carry-on info You may also carry a purse, computer, briefcase, or small tote
Southwest Airlines 1 Per Passenger 46" - 62" 50 lbs
Southwest Airlines
Carry-on info You may also carry a purse, computer, briefcase, or small tote
Spirit Airlines 1 Per Passenger 45" 40 lbs 62" 40 lbs
Spirit Airlines
Carry-on info You may also carry a purse, computer, briefcase, or small tote
United Airlines 1 Per Passenger 45" 40 lbs 62" 50 lbs
United Airlines
Carry-on info You may also carry a purse, computer, briefcase, or small tote
Us Airways 1 Per Passenger 45" 40 lbs 62" 50 lbs
US Airways
Carry-on info You may also carry a purse, computer, briefcase, or small tote
Virgin Atlantic 1 Per Passenger 45" 35 lbs 81"
(Economy Class)
50lbs
Virgin Atlantic
Carry-on info You may also carry a purse, computer, briefcase, or small tote
Please check with the airlines for the most up-to-date carry-on baggage regulations. The above information may change at any time without notice.

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