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Airline Carry-On Requirements
Carry-On luggage requirements vary by airline and are subject to change without notice. Many airlines display a template at the gate or ticket counter to assure carry-on luggage will fit under the seat or in the overhead compartment.

Changes in FAA regulations limit carry-on luggage to one piece of luggage (conforming to size requirements) and one personal item, such as a purse, briefcase, laptop case or camera bag.

Generally luggage will meet most airlines requirements if it does not exceed the following measurements. 22" x 14" x 9" or 45" total (height + width + length) Carry-On requirements of some of the major U.S. airlines are listed below.

Number of Bags 1Weight Limit 40 lbs
Dimensions 23"x13"x9" (Total 45")
Number of Bags 1 Weight Limit None
Dimensions 22"x15"x9"
Number of Bags 1 Weight Limit 20 lbs
Total Outside Dimensions 45"
Number of Bags 1 Weight Limit 20 lbs
Total Outside Dimensions 45"
Number of Bags 1 Weight Limit 40 lbs
Dimensions 22"x14"x9" (Total 45")
Number of Bags 1 Weight Limit 50 lbs
Dimensions 21"x15"x9"
Number of Bags 1 Weight Limit 40 lbs
Total Outside Dimensions 45"
Number of Bags 1 Weight Limit 70 lbs
Total Outside Dimensions 50"
Number of Bags 1 Weight Limit 50 lbs
Dimensions 22"x14"x9" (Total 45")
Number of Bags 1 Weight Limit 40 lbs
Dimensions 24"x16"x10"
Checked Luggage
Each carrier allows the transport of a specific amount of checked luggage without additional charge. Checked luggage should not exceed a linear dimension (length + width + height) of 62”. Most 30” suitcases meet this requirement. Weight limits vary, generally checked luggage should not exceed 70lbs.

Prepare Your Luggage
  • Place an ID tag or label on all your suitcases.
  • Include a copy of your itinerary, inside your suitcase. Include phone numbers.
  • Remove all old baggage claim tickets and tags.
  • To make it easier to identify your baggage on the carousel, you can distinguish your bag by using different color luggage straps or colorful tags, tape or yarn tied to the handle. This will also make it less likely that someone picks up your luggage in error.
  • Remove all shoulder straps, add-a-bag straps. Lose or extruding objects will increase the chance that the bag will get caught in the baggage belt system and be damaged.
Packing Carry-On
It is recommended that you try to carry-on every item that is essential and that needs to be accessible at your destination. Occasionally checked luggage gets delayed, make sure that money, credit cards, keys, necessary documents etc. are NOT in your checked luggage. The following is a list of necessities and trip-related items that would usually go into carry-on luggage
  • Tickets, Rental Car and Hotel  Vouchers
  • Cash, Credit Cards, Traveler Checks
  • Passport, ID's, Driver's License
  • Keys (Home and Car)
  • Medication
  • Some essential toiletry items
  • One set of undergarments
Packing Tips
To reduce wrinkling, separate clothes in plastic dry cleaning bags, large garbage bags will also work. Place tissue paper between the folds. Many casual garments can be rolled into a cylinder, delicate garments may be laid on a t-shirt or similar item before rolling. Rolling is the best way to pack jeans, rolled items are also easier to remove from the suitcase without disturbing other clothing. Stuff the corners of luggage with small items that won’t wrinkle (underwear). Pack hairdryers, shoes and heavier items at the bottom of your case. Utilize the space inside your shoes by placing socks, hosiery, anything that doesn’t wrinkle easily.

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